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How to Get Your Start in a Supply Chain Career

Supply chain security is a term that is often discussed but rarely understood. Many definitions of supply chain are still centered on a logistics and physical infrastructure focused definition. Theresa Campobasso, Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Exiger Government Solutions, joins Security Clearance Insecurity to talk about the 21st century supply chain. She shares more about how successful supply chain security integrates the physical and cyber, the supply chain security career track, and emerging threats and opportunities in supply chain security.

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