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Cybersecurity challenges in supply chain logistics

Cybersecurity challenges in supply chain logistics
Written by ga_dahmani
Cybersecurity challenges in supply chain logistics

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Over the past two years, as the effects of the pandemic on health, travel and the economy have spread, supply chain issues have regularly made headlines.

Virtually every industry has been affected, from a lack of used auto parts to labor shortages. In a bid to streamline systems and connect globally, there is a massive push to digitize: but, as Mike Wilson identifies for Forbesthis causes a variety of new security problems.

The dangers are real

Supply chain logistics goes beyond concerns that Christmas gifts are delayed or unavailable, or that a business may experience customer complaints. when it comes to the supply chainthe reality is physical: items of all kinds move around the world and many have specific vulnerabilities.

From time and temperature sensitive items to port delivery logistics, danger abounds and extends far beyond financial damage. For example, consider a scenario where a cybercriminal gains control of a supertanker by accessing the autopilot’s steering systems. The possibilities in such a situation, from colliding with another ship, redirecting it, or simply trying to destroy it by running it aground, could mean a huge environmental disaster.

More digital systems mean more digital vulnerabilities

Maritime freight transport is, in fact, an area that has been the victim of several large-scale attacks in recent years: think of the Maersk ransomware attack just like him mediterranean transport company suffered a malware-based breach in 2020. Both attacks were software-based and caused a range of negative repercussions, from down systems to reputational damage, highlighting the importance of increased digital security.

As our reliance on technology systems to manage all aspects of the supply chain grows, so do weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Digital diagnostics and repairs have made systems more efficient and less labor intensive, but have also expanded the potential for attacks.

Time to batten down the cyber hatches

Those who work in logistics, but also in top management and IT services, have probably already realized the need for increased security along with all parts of supply chains in which they are involved. Here are four practical steps that could be widely adopted in the industry:

1. Don’t forget the basics

Safety fundamentals should not be forgotten. Digital hygiene basics such as firewalls, endpoint detection, and password detection are steps every business should take, especially in light of their wide availability and cost effectiveness. Compromised credentials have been shown to be responsible for many successful cyberattacks, and many of them could be prevented if companies had introduced stronger password policies and authentication methods in time.

two. Make sure employees have training

Many attacks are also successful due to human error. To stay ahead of as many angles as possible, companies need to provide ongoing training to as many employees as possible. The threat landscape changes fast and often, so employee training should too.

3. Adopt a zero trust policy

In an ideal world, we would have well-defined security boundaries within companies and between countries, but that reality is a long way off. Industries and their connecting supply chains have become more digital, more connected and more complex. Adopting a zero-trust mindset and making authentication mandatory every step of the way isn’t a bad thing—it’s protection for everyone.

Four. do your research

In adapting to new security demands, companies must examine their software supply chain as carefully as they would any other product. Taking the time to find reliable software companies that are a good fit is a crucial step. An approach like Cyber ​​Supply Chain Risk Management from NIST (C-SCRM) framework can be useful.

5. Have a backup and disaster recovery plan

While many security solutions are preventative, backing up your data and systems and planning for a disaster (of any kind) is a smart move. If the worst happens and your systems come under attack, you need to know that you can recover quickly and get back to operations as quickly as possible.

The shipping industry has affected us all in recent years. Knowing when and where the goods are going to arrive has had a filtering effect on online orders and customer satisfaction, but the biggest problems occur at the operational level.

To put it bluntly, the logistics of maritime and cargo operations are critical to the stability of the global supply chain. The industry as a whole simply cannot afford to forget about cybersecurity.

The charge Cybersecurity challenges in supply chain logistics first appeared in enzoic.

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