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Analysis of Information Security in Supply Chain Management Systems

Analysis of Information Security in Supply Chain Management Systems
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Author(s): Ibrahim A. Kattan (American University of Sharjah, UAE), Ahmed Al Nunu (American University of Sharjah, UAE) and Kassem Saleh (American University of Sharjah, UAE)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 3
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch182
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361


This paper presents a quantitative information security model using measurable values to describe the security of information systems in supply chain management (SCM) systems, [1]. There are four main drivers in a SCM system: 1) suppliers, 2) manufacturers and inventories, 3) distributors and retailers, and 4) the customers [2]. The security of supply chain management concerns the security of various interactions among these drivers. Each driver requires a different security level relevant to the services it contributes to the overall SCM system. A transition matrix representing the semi-Markov chain model of each driver is developed. Then, a system-wide security for SCM is produced using the transition matrices of each driver to reach a steady state of SCM information security. The model includes nine different levels of attacks presenting several scenarios for an intruder. Comparison of the steadystate security for multi driver model with different levels of attacks is presented. An analysis of the results is then presented and discussed.

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