Taiwanese factories produce much of the world’s computer chip and semi-conductor supplies that are used in a variety of products from smartphones to medical equipment. Taken without context, that may not seem cause for concern, but when you consider Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent push for his country to make ...

Cybersecurity firm Finite State issued a recent report concluding that telecommunications equipment made by Chinese firm Huawei present a higher percentage of security vulnerabilities than equipment produced by other firms. A story in The Wall Street Journal citied numerous sources inside the Administration who pointed to the report as further ...

If the U.S. Department of Defense were an economy unto itself, it would be the 20th largest in the world. Like any other advanced modern economy, it is deeply integrated with the entire globe, its supply chains often stretching into countries with whom the United States has adversarial relations. The ...

While the topic of supply chains may not be cutting-edge or of high public interest, it is no less important to national security than destroying ISIS or having credible immigration policies. On every laptop, unseen and unnoticed, is a remarkable meshing of engineering from the lightning-fast processors and flash memory ...

You would probably be surprised to know what a logistical feat it is to manufacture a smart phone. The base materials are mostly silicon, plastic iron, aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, tin, and nickel. There are also a number of rare earth elements that are present in small amounts but are ...

Joe Jarzombek, a cybersecurity expert at the Department of Homeland Security, recently participated in the 2015 SSCA (Software and Supply Chain Assurance) Winter Working Group Session, which focused on improving cooperation between government and industry in the area of information and communication technology assurance. The Cipher Brief spoke with Jarzombek ...

Over the past several decades, quality, health and safety, and environmental issues have topped the list of supply chain concerns. However, increasingly two issues are rising to the fore of the agenda for multinationals working with third parties across the globe. According to the PwC 2015 State of Compliance Survey, ...

Critical infrastructure organizations have large and complex IT networks built on top of an assortment of heterogeneous technologies.  Many large enterprises also extend their in-house IT assets to an external web of connected business partners, customers, outsourcers, and suppliers.  This multifaceted amalgamation of participants is sometimes known as the cyber ...