Ace Computers: Recent Headlines Make the Security Case for Custom Computers

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One of the most important, but least understood benefits of custom computers manufactured in the U.S. is that the chance they contain covert malware is comparatively low.

John Samborski, CEO, Ace Computers Photo Courtesy of Stephen J. Serio

Our major clients are government agencies that started buying from us many years ago for other reasons. But I have no doubt that the issue of embedded malware is a significant incentive to opt for custom.

One of the biggest and least understood benefits of custom computers manufactured in the U.S. is that the chance they contain covert malicious software (malware) is comparatively low.

This is an issue that came to the forefront recently with the revelation that a computer manufacturer in China that makes products for a top computer company was involved in the deliberate malware sabotage of some computers destined for specific government agencies in the U.S and other countries. This points to a supply chain security vulnerability that is present in all technology manufactured in China (which includes technology products from nearly all major players).

The challenge with attacks that occur within the supply chain is that sophisticated designers can make malware virtually impossible to detect. While it’s always possible that technology destined for consumers is randomly embedded with malware, this latest incident indicates that technology destined for government agencies is being deliberately targeted.

Even components as innocuous as flash memory and RFID chips can host malware. In fact, the issue is so worrying that the U.S. State Department agreed to keep personal computers made by one Chinese manufacturer off networks that handle classified government information.

Logic would dictate that even U.S.custom computer manufacturers are vulnerable to embedded malware since they are also using components that are manufactured in China But this is not so, since it appears that strategic computers were selectively infected.

Ace Computers CEO John Samborski said, “I can’t comment on the situation with computers manufactured in China, but it stands to reason that a company such as Ace Computers, that builds custom technology only in the U.S., not in China, would be a much safer bet for U.S. government entities.”

Samborski added, “Our major clients are government agencies that started buying from us many years ago for other reasons. But I have no doubt that the issue of embedded malware is a significant incentive to opt for custom.”

Acknowledged as the best custom technology builder, Ace Technology Partners (Ace Computers) is a Woman-Owned Small Business custom technology systems builder and reseller for the public sector as well as the commercial sector. It has been an industry leader since 1983. In addition to some of the finest academic institutions in the U.S., long-term clients include the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense. Ace Computers builds custom technology with the same components that top manufacturers use without the premium price. Its principal, recognized industry expert John Samborski, is an alumnus of Intel’s prestigious board of advisors. In addition to its Greater Chicago headquarters, Ace Computers has locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Idaho, and Nevada. To contact Ace Computers, call 1-877-223-2667 or 1-847-952-6900 or visit http://www.acecomputers.com .

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Acknowledged as the best custom technology builder, Ace Technology Partners (Ace Computers) is a Woman-Owned Small Business custom technology systems builder and reseller for the public sector as well as the commercial sector. It has been an industry leader since 1983. In addition to some of the finest academic institutions in the U.S., long-term clients include the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense. Ace Computers builds custom technology with the same components that top manufacturers use without the premium price. Its principal, recognized industry expert John Samborski, is an alumnus of Intel’s prestigious board of advisors. In addition to its Greater Chicago headquarters, Ace Computers has locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Idaho, and Nevada. To contact Ace Computers, call 1-877-223-2667 or 1-847-952-6900 or visit http://www.acecomputers.com .

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