To visualize the concept of supply chain, it is natural to think about links in a chain. Of course, we all learned in kindergarten that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Supply chain security reflects that well-used metaphor.

Supply chain security involves a great many areas of risk and exposure. It has systemic problems similar to plant and office security, but it is exponentially more complex than that. Because supply chain involves external trading partners, focusing on only internal, company-centric controls is not enough. Globalization among small and mid-sized companies has increased security complexities for the average company. We must not only secure against inclement weather, shrinkage, vandalism and drugs, but the all too real possibility that a terrorist device might be inserted into a shipping container along the way.

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