Standardization for Securing Global Supply Chains - Reducing the Risk of Tainted and Counterfeit Products

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Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer, Huawei Technologies, US;<br>Andras Szakal, VP and CTO, IBM US Federal

Standardization for Securing Global Supply Chains - Reducing the Risk of Tainted and Counterfeit Products

Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer, Huawei Technologies, US

Andras Szakal, VP and CTO, IBM US Federal


Securing global supply chains is a technical and geo-political issue. Addressing the technical perspective in a vendor-neutral and country-neutral manner through standardization can help diminish the challenging geo-political issues. The panel will discuss the challenges and benefits of securing global supply chains through standardization.

Intended audience: Global Commercial and Government Customers and Technology Providers who depend on secure supply chains

Key takeaways:

  • Why we should be concerned about secure global supply chains
  • The business value of having international standards that all global technology providers can follow
  • The challenges for customers and suppliers when local standards crop up around the globe

Andras Szakal is Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect of the IBM Federal Software Group.

His responsibilities include developing e-Government software architectures using IBM middleware and managing the IBM federal government software IT architect team.

Andras holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Computer Science and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from James Madison University.

IBM has repeatedly recognized him for his role in building the IBM federal government software business.Andras has been a driving force behind IBM's adoption of federal government IT standards and is a member of the IBM Software Group Strategy Team. He and his architect team have been responsible for helping the federal government move e-Government into the On-Demand era. His team has been directly involved with multiple high profile successful government software and services engagements based on open standards and open source. These engagements include the following programs: US Air Force GCSS-IF, Department of Education Office of Student Financial Aid Modernization, FBI Trilogy, IRS Modernization, Customs Modernization, SSA Modernization and the e-filing initiatives at the USDA.

Andras is a proponent of service oriented and web services based enterprise architectures and participates in open standards and open source product development initiatives within IBM.


Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer, Huawei Technologies USA

In 2012, Andy joined Huawei USA and oversees cyber security assurance strategy and system, and supports the global security system adopted by all the company’s business groups and departments.

Before joining Huawei USA, Andy worked as Chief Cybersecurity Strategist for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).  In this role he provided strategic input to the development and implementation of a coordinated, company-wide initiative to address the cybersecurity needs of CSC’s global client base, and worked in national and international venues to influence cyber public policy and awareness. 

Andy is the Huawei global lead for the EastWest Institute global cyber initiative and the Open Group Trusted Technology Forum supply chain standard and accreditation program.  He is also a member of the Software and Supply Chain Assurance Working Group, hosted by DoD, DHS, NIST, and GSA.

Andy was a member of the White House staff team that helped to draft the U.S. National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace (2003), and later went to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help form and launch the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), where he later served as acting director from 2004-2006, as the then-lead cyber official at DHS and the lead cyber official of the US government.  At DHS, he also served as Co-chair of the National Cyber Response Coordination Group (NCRCG), the principal US interagency group to prepare for and respond to cyber incidents of national significance.  He also served as the DHS representative to the Committee on National Security System (CNSS) that sets policy for the nation’s classified IT networks.

In 2006-2007, overlapping his service in government and the private sector, Andy served on the Defense Science Board Task Force on Mission Impact of Foreign Influence on DOD Software.

Before joining the White House staff, Andy served as: Acting General Counsel and, before that, Chief Deputy General Counsel, at the U.S. Sentencing Commission.  Earlier in his career he served as a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Senior Staff Counsel of the House Select Committee on Assassinations (President John Kennedy), Special Counsel to the U.S. House Ethics Committee, and Counsel to the U.S. Senate Impeachment Trial Committee. 

He also served for five years in network television news as an Associate Producer for NBC News magazines, and Producer for the CBS News broadcast NIGHTWATCH with Charlie Rose in Washington, D.C



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