Industry works with DHS on supply chain, cybersecurity issues

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Rosemary Johnson, senior vice president of Savi, and Anthony Scriffignano, chief data scientist at Dun & Bradstreet, discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s supply chain and risk management initiatives, and how leveraging data can help.


The Department of Homeland Security is doubling down on their risk management efforts. DHS’s new National Center for Risk Management is teaming up with industry to determine vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure. The agency has also created a supply chain task force, to reduce risk in the global supply chain. Rosemary Johnson, senior vice president of Savi, says that maintaining supply chain data is the key to keeping everything secure.

 

“I think success leverages the data that exists… We have all of this information, it is harnessing that information and leveraging it to make better decisions,” Johnson told Government Matters. “For me, success means that the supply chain it has… sufficient flexibility that allows them to mitigate any risks or to the extent they can while still achieving the end mission, which for the government is making sure the warfighters have what they need, when they need it.”

 

Anthony Scriffignano, chief data scientist at Dun and Bradstreet, says that supply chain security has changed rapidly since the turn of the century.

 

“In the past, a crisis would happen, a supply chain might be interrupted, we can understand that interruption and manage it. Now that supply chain is very connected to other supply chains. It’s virtually impossible to do anything without affecting everything. The agility of the environment is a blessing and a curse,” Scrifignano said. “Our ability to react to something that is happening is compounded by the fact that that everyone is reacting at the same time and those reactions are producing reactions. What we find is that it is the ability to see those second and third order disruptions that really change the nature of ‘Is this going south or is this going to go to a better place?’”