Cybersecurity in Supply Chain

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Tuesday, June 04, 2019

FREMONT, CA – The prime factors hindering the effectiveness of the cybersecurity measures in an organization can be traced to the supply chain partners. Since the organizations find it challenging to ensure efficient security measures in the supply chain division, it is where the cybercriminals train their scopes to infiltrate the organization. Hence, organizations need to collaborate with their partners in implementing effective security measures.

Cybercriminals often target supply chains due to their limited cybersecurity. Also, many supply chain divisions are not aware of potential threats and do not possess the necessary resources to implement adequate cybersecurity measures. Most cyberattackers start with the weakest links, progressing their way up the organization after more sensitive data.

The cyberattacks on supply chains often breach the trust agreements between software providers and consumers. Most hackers use sophisticated means to tackle the traditional cyber defenses adopted by the organizations to compromise the software and manipulate the delivery processes. It enables hackers to disrupt multiple systems in a single strike. Organizations utilizing corrupted software and applications face the threat of ransomware attacks, which can potentially affect their proprietary information and lead to commercial sabotage.

Most organizations are connected with their various business partners and contractors. Though it facilitates efficient processes, it also increases the cybersecurity risks. Cybercriminals can utilize these connections to access the networks of organizations and steal valuable data.

The emergence of the internet of things (IoT) and process automation has exacerbated the vulnerabilities of the organizations. Even if the central organization has secured its network platforms with extensive measures, the cybercriminals can utilize the weakness of its suppliers and subdivisions to undermine the security measures.

To safeguard their networks, organizations need to assess the internal network infrastructures of their partners before integrating them into their platforms. Even if the organizations leverage robust security approaches to thwart cyberattacks, their collaborators may not follow the same security measures.

Human error also plays a crucial part in security breaches. Hence, organizations need to train their staff in implementing effective security practices during their network usage to thwart attack attempts. Practical training will also help them in identifying potential threats and familiarizing themselves with the evolving cybersecurity trends.

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