Supply Chain Security (SCS) or Supply Chain Security Management (SCSM), respectively, embraces any organizational, personnel and technological supply chain management activity to ensure the security of the supply chain. This topic is deeply influenced by the international (US) security politics that mainly focuses on the compliance with security rules and laws in the context of counterterrorism. The research area of the so called “anti-terror compliance” deals with the efficient implementation of security standards, laws, rules, agreements and certifications (ISO28000, C-TPAT, SAFE Port Act, ISPS Code, EU-Regulation 17, AEO etc.).
The second focus of the research area is the identification and elimination of security gaps and security-related weak points within a supply chain to ensure supply chain integrity. This includes secure cargo as well as a secure transport of goods. The main emphasis in this area is on finding efficient ways for effective anti-piracy actions, especially in the Straits of Malacca and the African coastal regions (e.g. the Gulf of Aden).
Es ist auch für Logistiker ein ernstes und spannendes Projekt: Das Rückgrat des Wirtschaftslebens, die Logistik, sicher zu machen gegen kriminelle und terroristische Attacken. Und bisher gibt es nur punktuelle Ansätze, den Transport von Waren vor Gefahren zu schützen. Hier setzt das Projekt SefLog an. Es steht für Sichere und effiziente Logistikprozesse durch Prävention, Identifikation und Bewältigungen in Bedrohungen.
IMCOSEC follows a risk based approach to identify and characterize security gaps. Preventive measures will be discussed and a guiding concept for demonstrations in phase II will specify these measures to define an impact free and secure supply chain cost effectively and without impinging on performance. Every effort will be made to create a win-win solution between industry and supervision whereby the level of security is at an optimum level balancing effectiveness with practicability within the regulatory framework.
Since 9/11, security issues have to be considered critical when it comes to company performance. Therefore , public instances have been taking different measures in terms of security which already have an impact on port performances and costs (e.g. ISPS code - The International Ship and Port Facility Security by the International Maritime Organization, C-TPAT - Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, AMS - Automated Manifest System or CSI - Container Security Initiative set up by the United States).