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This course covers the supply chain risk assessment process and will prepare you for the first section of CSSLP Domain 8. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to assess risk in your supply chain
  • Learn about intellectual property and compliance in the context of software development
  • Learn how to identify and choose suppliers for your software development supply chain

Intended Audience

This course is intended for anyone looking to develop secure software as well as those studying for the CSSLP certification.


Any experience relating to information security would be advantageous, but not essential. All topics discussed are thoroughly explained and presented in a way allowing the information to be absorbed by everyone, regardless of experience within the security field.



Compliance has to be built into the contracts as well as the work. The subject we just left, where it's recognizing the intellectual property rights of various parties, is part of this issue. Now, the legal compliance, of course, can derive from a lot of sources. State, federal, national, international, industry, and other places. These can affect supply chain members as well, especially if they're spread around the planet. So, we need to have a generally coordinated compliance process determining what is going to be the ruling law, et cetera, over this kind of activity. And we have to have that worked out ideally before the work begins. So that it's not going to resurrect as an issue, but even during the process, it should be revisited from time to time, simply because legal changes happen all the time in countries around the world.

About the Author
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Mr. Leo has been in Information System for 38 years, and an Information Security professional for over 36 years.  He has worked internationally as a Systems Analyst/Engineer, and as a Security and Privacy Consultant.  His past employers include IBM, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Rockwell International.  A NASA contractor for 22 years, from 1998 to 2002 he was Director of Security Engineering and Chief Security Architect for Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center.  From 2002 to 2006 Mr. Leo was the Director of Information Systems, and Chief Information Security Officer for the Managed Care Division of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.


Upon attaining his CISSP license in 1997, Mr. Leo joined ISC2 (a professional role) as Chairman of the Curriculum Development Committee, and served in this role until 2004.   During this time, he formulated and directed the effort that produced what became and remains the standard curriculum used to train CISSP candidates worldwide.  He has maintained his professional standards as a professional educator and has since trained and certified nearly 8500 CISSP candidates since 1998, and nearly 2500 in HIPAA compliance certification since 2004.  Mr. leo is an ISC2 Certified Instructor.

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