Trade and Security

Customs/Supply Chain Security (CTPAT)

Voluntary government sponsored initiatives such as Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), Organización de los Estados Americanos OEA Mexico, Authorized Economic Operator AEO Europe and Asia and Partners in Protection (PIP) are cooperative programs aimed at strengthening and improving international supply chains to better Border Security. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is one of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. OEA Mexico and the Canada Border Security Agency (CBSA) have a similar mission for Mexico and Canada. However, the price of security is stringent enforcement of hundreds of import and export regulations.

Cyber Security- Automotive Industry 3rd Party Information Security Requirements

In recent years, many companies and organizations around the globe have become increasingly aware of cyber security data breaches, data theft, and intellectual property theft. This has raised concerns about protecting information, particularly when sharing sensitive data with external business partners such as suppliers.

Protecting information should be a business imperative to maintain a viable and secure environment. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their business partners must protect their customers’ information by maintaining the confidentiality of sensitive data and intellectual property, integrity of all data (public and private data), and availability of critical data to avoid business disruption.

Each OEM has developed security guidelines and requirements for their business partners to follow in order to accomplish these objectives. However, these guidelines and requirements most likely differ between the OEMs in areas they cover and the level of detail provided. Additionally, concerns about cyber security / information security continue to rise and must be addressed for all OEMs.