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Supply Chain and Logistics Management and an Open Door Policy Concerning Cyber Security Introduction

Darrell Norman Burrell


Nimisha Bhargava


Orna Bradley-Swanson


Maurice Harmon


Jorja Wright


Delores Springs


Maurice Dawson

Darrell Norman Burrell 1

Nimisha Bhargava 2
Orna Bradley-Swanson 3
Maurice Harmon 4
Jorja Wright 5
Delores Springs 6
Maurice Dawson 7

  1. Florida Institute of Technology, USA. 1

  2. National Institute of Industrial Engineering, India. 2

  3. Walden University, USA. 3

  4. University of Phoenix, USA. 4

  5. University of Charleston, WV, USA. 5

  6. Regent University, USA. 6

  7. Illinois Institute of Technology, USA. 7

Pages: 1-10

DOI: 10.18488/journal.11.2020.91.1.10

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Article History:

Received: 08 October, 2019
Revised: 15 November, 2019
Accepted: 17 December, 2019
Published: 24 January, 2020


The need for integrity and reliability in the supply chain and logistics management operations has a well-established array of theoretical frameworks that guide organizations and managers in the field. However, what is missing is a comprehensive, established framework for logistics and supply chain cybersecurity. The emerging area of cyber-supply chain security continues to lack suitable models to help secure critical data and systems. In all industries and fields today, cybersecurity is no longer just an information technology issue. It is a business sustainability and business strategy issue. The human factors in the cyber-supply chain operations represent the actions or events when human error results in a successful hack or data breach. Today, protecting logistics and supply chain organizations from cyber and data security risks is no longer just an information technology employee function. Every organizational employee has a responsibility in the data protection process. Progressive organizations are ones that can create methods, policies, and approaches that encourage employees to play an active role in the information and cybersecurity process. This paper explores innovative approaches around open-door systems as a proactive data security and cybersecurity risk reduction organizational strategy. This research provides cyber-supply chain practitioners and scholars an array of concepts to help them understand and describe the dynamics of cyber-supply chain and logistics management data security vulnerabilities and opportunities for process improvements.
Contribution/ Originality
This study contributes to the existing literature by exploring innovative approaches around open-door systems as a proactive risk reduction approach.


Logistics management, Cybersecurity, Human factors cybersecurity Whistleblowing.



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Both authors contributed equally to the conception and design of the study.

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