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).