NSA, Trusted Computing Group and Intel collaborate to standardise supply chain risk management
The National Security Agency (NSA) has unveiled new software that is designed to “set the standard” in Supply Chain Risk Management.
NSA Research, together with the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), a consortium of industry partners has been working for two years alongside Intel to release software that will standardise a supply chain validation process that can be used on any computing device.
During the manufacturing process, TCG-defined certificates are created to capture attributes about the device. The certificates are then delivered with the device in the Trust Platform Modul (TPM), a secure information storage system that captures data throughout the process. NSA says that this information will come from multi-vendor devises and multi-stage production.
The information stored within the TPM is then broken down and assessed by NSA’s Host Integrity at Runtime and Startup (HIRS) software to validate the source of components in order to highlight and alleviate supply chain risks.
“The development of open source tools for Trusted Computing-based supply chain validation provides the U.S. Government with greater confidence in the security of our mission critical systems,” said Peg Mitchell, NSA Chief Information Security Officer. “The cryptographically verifiable certificates that bind devices and peripherals to their trusted platform manufacturer will help reduce supply chain threats. This technology will bolster the security posture for NSA, the Department of Defense, and for commercial entities that require high confidence in the integrity of their systems.”
NSA will be showcasing its new software at RSA 2019 in San Francisco from March 4th to the 8th.
Supply Chain Leader TransImpact Refreshes Identity
Supply chain and logistics leader Transportation Impact today unveils a new corporate identity to reflect its expansion beyond shipping and evolution into an end-to-end supply chain technology solutions provider.
The organisation will be known as TransImpact, today unveiling the new name, a refreshed logo and branding, and an updated website at www.transimpact.com. The new tagline ‘Driving Value. Creating Next’ highlights its new motivation and strategy to evolve its business and ‘create a foundation for new opportunities’.
The Evolution of TransImpact
Branding research revealed to TransImpact that the company has built a strong, industry-wide reputation for agility and innovation over the past 12-plus years, during which it has primarily been known as a pioneer in the parcel negotiation industry. Investment into its new visual and corporate identity reflects that shift, says Berkley Stafford, CEO, TransImpact.
“The name TransImpact is a natural evolution from our original name, Transportation Impact,” Stafford said. “As we evolved to support clients beyond shipping, this new name better reflects our new future as a technology company delivering solutions across the entire supply chain continuum.”
Today’s rebrand is the latest step in TransImpact’s evolution. The company acquired supply chain business intelligence platform Vizion360 in January 2021, and now provides a suites of Software as a Service (Saa) technologies, consultancy, and managed services across its Parcel Solutions, Business Performance Solutions, and Managed Logistics Solutions divisions.
Who Are TransImpact?
- Founded: 2008
- Employees: 150
- Customers: 1000+
- Headquarters: Emerald Isle, North Carolina
- CEO: Berkley Stafford
TransImpact is an industry leader in the development and application of end-to-end technology-based solutions that optimise supply chain operations. It serves more than 1,000 customers, including global organisations such as jeweller Pandora, fashion and footwear brand Toms, and sports equipment company Ping. TransImpact manages over $1bn in logistics spend, and clients that leverage its parcel solutions save an average of 19.7%.
TransImpact is led by chief executive Berkley Stafford, a former UPS man and, more recently, Head of Healthcare Sales, the Americas, for Envirotainer. Stafford has been instrumental in TransImpact’s vision to move beyond shipping, and is a strong advocate for IMPACT1, the company’s philanthropic initiative through which more than $1m has been donated to charitable causes. He holds a BSc in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.