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Federal Computer Week recently ran a story on how the US Department of Defense is creating more supply chain related security vulnerabilities through the continued expansion of suppliers.

But at an Intelligence and National Security Alliance event, government officials and providers suggested that Big Data can do much to manage the growing security risk created by the department’s ever-expanding portfolio of suppliers.

This includes not just the DoD’s 5,000 suppliers, but the many more providers that supply hardware, software and more to those suppliers.

“Think about all of the potential points of entry,” said a Northrop Grumman compliance director. One DoD deputy director said they generally try tackling the problem through intelligence centers that identify and compile supply chain threats in a report to suppliers—a process that can take weeks and months.

Sound familiar?

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