From the Spring 2024 Issue

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With Cyber – the Consumer Package Goods Industry and Cybersecurity

Henry J. Sienkiewicz
Faculty | Georgetown University

A doorbell rings, a text message arrives- a package has been delivered to a front porch or loading dock. The Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry delivers a wide range of products sold to consumers - safely, reliably, and routinely - from grocery stores to department stores.

The CPG industry comprises businesses involved in producing, distributing, and selling everyday products like food, beverages, personal care items, and household goods. It is the largest employer in the manufacturing sector in the United States. Accounting for 20.4 million American jobs and $1.1 trillion in wages and benefits, CPG contributes 10% of America . . .

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