There are many hands that touch material while it passes through the supply chain. As a security professional, what should be keeping you awake at night is the security of the material—or, rather, considering the question, “Are any of these hands dirty?” The larger or greater the chain, so grows the number of hands manipulating the material for that particular service provider, as we discussed in Chapter 1.

In this chapter we will explore and examine all those not-so-proverbial hands and the many functions that these elements play in the security and operation of the supply chain. You will see not only the practical “hands,” but also some of the important intangible activities and conditions that affect ...

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