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November/December 2008 (vol. 6 no. 6)
pp. 4-5
Bret Michael, Naval Postgraduate School
China may embark on a full-scale program to assess the trustworthiness of software-intensive electronic products used by consumers and businesses. The proposed program goes well beyond attempts in other countries to accredit applications and systems. This article raises the questions: Is the program overly ambitious? Will the program actually improve our ability to introduce trusted products into the marketplace?

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Index Terms:
Trust, accreditation, digital electronics
Citation:
Bret Michael, "Are Governments Up to the Task?," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 4-5, Nov.-Dec. 2008, doi:10.1109/MSP.2008.137
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