Disruptions to supply chain services can adversely affect a country's economy and security. Supply chain organizations, however, can mitigate these vulnerabilities by adopting the International Standard ISO 28000. If implemented correctly, this standard can contribute to U.S. safety while enhancing a company's service levels.
In his introduction to the national strategy for global supply chain security, published earlier this year, President Obama emphasized the United States' commitment to ensuring "efficient and secure transit of goods through the global supply chain system."
Adopting the process-based management system (PBMS) approach to global supply chain security can eliminate the misconception that security and efficiency are at odds by providing a systematic approach for continual improvement that maximizes results while cutting waste and unnecessary costs.
A system approach to the security of the global supply chain ensures methodical implementation, where non-conformities (NCs) are recorded and after making the immediate quick fix, the processes for root cause analysis (RCA) carried out. RCA prevents recurrence of the NC thanks to the CA (corrective actions) taken. Once closed these NCs become data points. Analysis of information gauged from the data then provides management with trends and the ability to predict potential NCs. Once the security management team can predict potential NCs, preventive actions can be taken to ensure system integrity.