Study targets criminal disruption of supply chains

by Carolyn Mathas

Mason’s scientists just received $1,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to fund the “Detecting Criminal Disruption of Supply Chains Study.”

The research team will use simulation to identify possible ways that criminal organizations can disrupt or damage important supply chain networks, modeling both criminal operations and supply chains and their interactions. The goal is to try to identify attack points; develop indicators that can alert authorities and supply chain operators about pending, active, or past attacks and to offer ways to mitigate vulnerabilities and reduce impacts. The project involves a combination of subject matter expertise and automated learning techniques to develop the models.

The developed methodology will be applied to drug and vaccine supply chains, among others.

Original Release: Eureka Alert 

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