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Hardware Integrity: Combating State-Sponsored IP Theft

Hardware Integrity: Combating State-Sponsored IP Theft

Previously Interface Masters posted a blog focused on State-Sponsored IP Theft along with the mounting evidence that a significant portion of the Asian hardware contains hidden data tracking capabilities. The objective for these attacks? Targeting and obtaining intellectual property from government, private enterprise and educational institutions. The attacks noted in the blog were the forerunners to those of the present.

One well-known example of a State-sponsored cyberattack that became news in October of 2018 is when Bloomberg uncovered a state-sponsored network hack enabled through ‘off-the-shelf’ Asian built network appliances. This attack exposed confidential data from more than thirty leading US based technology companies. (article:

With cyberattacks increasing, news cyberattacks in the media provide a timeline of ongoing threats within every market that uses or shares data. Banking and finance have been hit especially hard with threats on financial investors and bank members’ data.  In 2019 U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell noted that cyberattacks were the biggest risk for financial institutions. (article: The risks continue to impact financial institutions with news of continued cyberattacks.

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), an agency in the Department of Homeland Security publishes recommendations and tips on preventing cyberattacks. Updated June 30, 2020, Security Tip ST18-001 notes that validating the integrity of hardware and software can improve the security of network infrastructure devices. Moreover, CISA recommends resellers to enforce integrity checks of the supply chain to validate hardware and software authenticity. (Security tip:

Needing to ensure the integrity of network appliance hardware? Validate it directly with the seller designing the hardware, the software and controlling the supply chain. Customize it with that seller for a step further toward a secure network.

US Networking Appliance Hardware

Network hardware is the ideal target because all traffic must pass through these critical hardware devices.  For cybersecurity professionals protecting their company’s systems, it is important to understand where and how the network is designed, manufactured and travels through the supply chain. According to Nathan Palmer, a security researcher for Raytheon Technologies’ Cyber Offensive and Defensive group, “Cyberattacks against hardware are becoming far more destructive and are more common.” (article:

“Cybersecurity is all about staying ahead of threats rather than managing them later,” notes Gaurav Belani in his 5 Cybersecurity Threats to be aware of in 2020.  With that in mind, Interface Masters network appliance hardware is always US designed and manufactured. Extreme care is taken when designing and manufacturing our network solutions. All components are qualified and validated to ensure that the network hardware safely guards even the most sensitive data. Additionally, Interface Masters’ custom services network solutions can be designed and manufactured to desired specifications with safeguards put in place. (article:

Made in the USA

For over 25 years, Interface Masters Technologies has been providing off-the-shelf innovative networking solutions with customization services to OEMs, Fortune 100, and startup companies.  We are headquartered in San Jose, California in the heart of Silicon Valley where we proudly design and manufacture all products.  Based on MIPS, ARM, PowerPC and x86 processors, and switch fabrics up to 12.8T, Interface Masters appliance models enable OEMs to significantly reduce time-to-market with reliable, pre-tested, pre-integrated, long-life appliance solutions that can meet the most challenging networking requirements. Learn more about us at