Supply chain management and cybersecurity are completely interlinked with each other, with cybersecurity monitoring every phase of Supply chain management and logistics process.
But it wasn’t always like this. Cybersecurity wasn’t given enough attention before the 9/11 attacks. But post that phase, cybersecurity started monitoring every small aspect of logistics so as to eliminate any threats.
- The first step was the implementation of Maritime transportation security act 2002 which focussed on maintaining tight cyber monitoring on the maritime activities like ship and seaport security plans.
- But the problem with the first step was ensuring that items were not modified or mishandled after loading or during shipment.
- To take care of this, the safe port act came into being with a focus on inspecting the containers before being loaded and filling up the records digitally so that the same data can be maintained at the receiving point too.
- But even now more emphasis was put on the inspecting the physical evidence of the container rather than the internal components.
- But all of this changed in 2012 with the U.S. National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security, signed by Barack Obama which focussed on a new approach by keeping certain facts of old process intact.
- This led to the installation of the Radio Frequency Identification which uses a chip to be put inside containers and shipments to make sure that the shipments are not interfered with between origin and destination point.
But the question that comes to our mind at the end of all of this is, ‘Is this really necessary’?
The answer to this lies in our everyday lives when we order something online and we almost believe that the product, no matter how small or large it is, will be delivered safely to us. But imagine, the product has already been tampered with and you receive a product like a phone, with a virus in it caused as a result of a cyberattack. Cyberattacks in SCM is a grave problem because SCM is the supply end of products and any anomaly in this might result in huge losses for companies and clients alike.