Category Archives: Security

Crossroads Targets Supply Chain Cyber Crime

The recent theft of payment card data from retailer Target that impacted some 40 million credit and debit card accounts threw a spotlight on the vulnerability of online commerce to hacking. Target’s misfortune also serves as a timely reminder of the vulnerability of supply chains to cyber crime. These risks will be explored at MITRead More

Phantom Ships Signal Real Security Problems

How can you make a cargo vessel vanish and replace it with a ship that does not exist? By hacking into the vessel identification system used by commercial shipping fleets worldwide. Researchers with computer security firm Trend Micro did just that, and the implications are disturbing. The story is published in a recent issue ofRead More

Justifying Investments in Risk Avoidance

This post was written by Yossi Sheffi, MIT Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems, Director MIT CTL, sheffi@mit.edu. How do you put a value on avoiding a problem that seemingly no longer exists because you’ve already spent money on eliminating it? This is the classic Catch-22 dilemma faced by many corporate security managers whenRead More

7 Steps to Product Procurement Pricing that Suppliers Can Support

When bargaining with suppliers over a product price, how can procurement professionals secure the best deal without damaging a valued relationship by being overly aggressive? Researchers at MIT CTL have come up with a seven-step method for achieving this balance that is simpler and less time-consuming than established practices. The research was carried out byRead More

On-Line App Fortifies Ports System Against Disaster

As another “extremely active” hurricane season kicks off the US national ports system is better able to cope with weather-related disruptions thanks to an on-line application called Port Mapper. About one-third of the US GDP is generated by international trade and 99% of that business passes through the country’s seaports. These gateways create more thanRead More