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Course Description

In today's highly interconnected world, the integrity of supply chains has never been more critical. Enter "Supply Chain Security," a robust and interactive course that navigates the multifaceted landscape of supply chain risk management. This course is designed for professionals from a broad array of organizations, businesses, and government agencies who seek an in-depth understanding of supply chain security issues and best practices to secure their supply chains against both cyber and physical threats.

The course unfolds over several modules that delve into the granularities of supply chain security. It starts with a comprehensive exploration of the concept of supply chain security, throwing light on its importance in the modern business environment. This serves as the foundation to understand the critical role supply chain security plays in ensuring the secure delivery of products and services to customers. From the business standpoint, we outline how a well-structured security strategy can greatly improve overall efficiency, mitigate physical attacks, and prevent inefficient delivery schedules.

As we progress, we'll dive into the domain of software supply chain security, evaluating the complexities of securing software systems in a globally interconnected world. We'll dissect the software supply chain, identify potential vulnerabilities, and discuss how companies can develop their security management systems to mitigate cyber threats. Software supply chain security concerns are not limited to the digital realm. Physical threats also encompass risks to the software supply chain, which is why we devote attention to methods to mitigate these risks and protect supply chains.

When discussing supply chain security, one cannot overlook the importance of supply chain risk management. The course aims to provide attendees with a deep understanding of risk management principles, tools, and techniques for assessing and managing risks within the supply chain. A specific focus will be on the role of background checks and checking regulatory paperwork for external suppliers in maintaining supply chain security.

We'll examine supply chain security concerns in the context of sensitive data and intellectual property. In the digital age, a data breach can be catastrophic. Learn how to apply practices, such as role-based access controls and behavioral analysis, to maintain the integrity of sensitive data throughout the supply chain.

Moreover, we will discuss regulatory frameworks, including national institute guidelines and governmental directives that are instrumental for maintaining supply chain security. A detailed look into the importance of close collaboration with federal agencies, industry bodies, and other organizations in aligning security practices with industry standards is also included.

Lastly, this supply chain security course emphasizes the importance of creating a secure supply chain ecosystem. This includes establishing resilient recovery strategies to recover rapidly from potential disruptions. We also discuss how securing your supply chain can help you avoid unwanted lawsuits, protect your brand, and keep your organization's reputation intact.

Whether you are looking to protect your organization's supply chain, meet federal supply chain security requirements, or simply enhance your understanding of supply chain security, this course is tailored to fit your needs. Secure your spot today and fortify your supply chain against the ever-evolving landscape of threats.

Who Should Take This Supply Chain Training?

This comprehensive course on "Supply Chain Security" is a crucial resource for professionals involved in managing supply chains, cybersecurity, software development, and vendor relations within their organization. From tech industry leaders to retail businesses, all organizations can benefit from understanding the risks and protective measures associated with their supply chains.

This course is especially beneficial for individuals in cybersecurity roles looking to deepen their understanding of how software supply chains and physical threats encompass risks, as well as effective strategies to counter these risks. Additionally, vendors and other third-party stakeholders who wish to align their services with industry best practices in supply chain security will find this course extremely valuable.

Software developers, too, can gain from understanding how secure coding and development practices impact the overall security of supply chains. By the end of the course, participants will be equipped to identify potential vulnerabilities and implement security measures throughout their supply chains, ensuring secure access to services, software, and other resources.

Example Course Schedule:

Day 1: Introduction to Supply Chain Security and Supply Chain Risk Management

Kick-off the course with a comprehensive exploration of supply chain security, emphasizing its growing importance in organizations and businesses alike. Dive into the intricacies of physical security and its role in safeguarding supply chains. Assess the potential issues that can arise due to lack of proper security measures.

Day 2: Software Supply Chain Security: Identifying and Mitigating Risks

Day two takes a deep dive into software supply chain security, discussing cyber threats that lurk in the realm of software supply chains. Learn about the processes and tools essential for identifying vulnerabilities and developing robust systems that secure your software supply chain against cyber threats. Discuss the impact of physical threats encompassing risks to the software supply chain and explore measures to mitigate them.

Day 3: Ensuring Supply Chain Management Security: Governmental Guidelines and Security Strategy Assessments

This session details how adherence to governmental guidelines and undertaking security strategy assessments contribute to overall supply chain security. Case studies on how businesses have successfully implemented these strategies will facilitate a better understanding. Further, this session also elaborates on the role of cybersecurity in maintaining supply chain integrity.

Day 4: Vendor and Supplier Management for Secure Supply Chains

This day focuses on managing suppliers and vendors to ensure secure supply chains. Participants will learn about the importance of scrutinizing external suppliers and maintaining healthy vendor relationships in the context of supply chain security. In-depth defense strategy will be discussed to handle potential vulnerabilities.

Day 5: Establishing Secure Software Development Life Cycle and Ensuring Access Control

On the final day, the focus shifts to the software development life cycle. Participants will learn about the application of security principles at all stages of the life cycle to maintain software supply chain security. This day also provides insight into controlling access to sensitive data and services across supply chains, reinforcing the security of businesses and organizations.


As businesses and organizations increasingly rely on complex supply chains for their operations, the importance of supply chain security cannot be overstated. This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the potential risk in software and physical supply chains, and equips professionals with practical knowledge and strategies to secure their organization's supply chains.

Through case studies, hands-on exercises, and discussions, you will learn to identify risks, implement industry-standard security measures, manage vendors effectively, and develop secure software. By the end of this course, you will not only understand the importance of supply chain security but will also be prepared to implement your learnings immediately, enhancing the security posture of your organization. Don't miss this opportunity to bolster your cybersecurity knowledge and contribute to your organization's security. Join us in our journey towards a secure supply chain ecosystem!

About Boston Cybernetics Institute

Boston Cybernetics Institute, PBC was created by former MIT Lincoln Lab cybersecurity researchers to give meaningful niche cyber instruction to a new generation of cybersecurity professionals.


We avoid the normal style of teaching with PowerPoint and lectures, opting to provide instead real-life engaging instruction that takes place in a customized environment. We have given our style of instruction to multiple DoD agencies, US commercial companies, and international companies.


Instructors at Boston Cybernetics Institute

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Jeremy Blackthorne

President of the Boston Cybernetics Institute

Jeremy Blackthorne is a Lead Instructor at the Boston Cybernetics Institute (BCI). Before BCI, he was a researcher in the Cyber System Assessments group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Blackthorne is the co-creator and instructor for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) courses: Modern Binary Exploitation, Spring 2015 and Malware Analysis, Spring 2013. ​Jeremy has published research at various academic and industry conferences. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is an alumnus of RPISEC. He holds a BS and MS in computer science. ​ Blackthorne was an active member of the Student Security Club and CTF team, RPISEC, from 2012 to 2015, where he taught seminars on Reverse-Engineering, Exploitation, and various other Cybersecurity topics.


Clark Wood

security researcher and instructor

Clark Wood is a security researcher and instructor at the Boston Cybernetics Institute (BCI), focusing on Reverse Engineering, Exploitation, and CI/CD. He recently built a Reverse-Engineering and Exploitation platform for a DoD customer and is the Lead Engineer for BCI’s Government Services. Clark was formerly on the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he was a member of the Cyber System Assessments Group. ​Clark holds a BA in Economics from the University of Florida, a BS and MS in Computer Science from Florida State University, and a Master’s in Technology and Policy from MIT. ​


Rodolfo Cuevas

security researcher and instructor

Rodolfo Cuevas is a security researcher and instructor at BCI, where he focuses on understanding how design constraints can be used to limit the impact of an attacker on a system. His research combines the adversarial mindset with approaches influenced by Systems and Control Theory. ​ Rodolfo was a staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and began his career as a RADAR and Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) analyst. Later, Rodolfo transitioned to evaluating and Red-Teaming tactical and commercial cyber systems in support of DoD and other government programs. ​ Rodolfo holds a BS, M.Eng., and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.


Reed Porada

security researcher and instructor

Reed Porada is a security researcher and instructor at BCI, focused on getting to the "so what" of both defensive and offensive cyber measures. Reed also leads BCI training in Cyber Systems Analysis, focusing on developing systems-thinking skills of developers up to managers. ​Reed was a staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for ten years, where he was responsible for Test and Evaluation, Test Automation Research, Red-Teaming of Cyber Systems, and Blue System Architectures. Reed was a computer scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory focused on wireless communication systems. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MS in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Supply Chain Security

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