When companies think about security, they usually focus on securing their networks, software, and digital assets against cyber attacks and data breaches. However the supply chain, whether a traditional supply chain or the ‘data supply chain’ that most large companies rely on, is also vulnerable to attack.
With information shared across a supply chain, the cyber security of any organisation in the chain is only as strong as the weakest link. A determined attacker will make use of this by identifying the organisation with the weakest cyber security and use their vulnerabilities to gain access to other members of the supply chain.
Many businesses outsource their data to third party companies which aggregate, store, process, and broker the information, sometimes on behalf of clients in direct competition. Such sensitive data is not necessarily just about customers, but could also cover business structure, financial health, strategy, and exposure to risk.
Addressing the risk through a programme of Supply Chain Security Assessments is critical to your Cyber Resilience and defence.