Products and components are now "intelligent". That is, by design their behavior changes over the lifetime of the system, e.g. by hosting or executing new software. The old supply chain security and quality control took care of material or structural defects. The new one should learn how to deal with threats that are much more intelligent and fluid.
* I remember an episode from my work at a Fortune 500 corporation when I had to re-image a new laptop. I did a clean install, but the first thorough virus scan of the system revealed a backdoor trojan that came "pre-packaged" on an official corporate OS distribution disc.
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