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A hacker at work. Unlike typical cyberattacks, a supply chain infiltration requires more sophistication and patience than a script kiddie, phishing scam or brute force attack. However, while it is still possible that a supply chain cyberattack may commence as a typical phishing scam, the sophistication of a supply chain infiltration comes into play after the initial intrusion. (Credit: Husjur02/Shutterstock.com) Unlike typical cyberattacks, a supply chain infiltration requires more sophistication and patience than a script kiddie, phishing scam or brute force attack. However, while it is still possible that a supply chain cyberattack may commence as a typical phishing scam, the sophistication of a supply chain infiltration comes into play after the initial intrusion. (Credit: Husjur02/Shutterstock.com)

Countless organizations have devoted considerable amounts of resources and time building cybersecurity defenses in the last decade. However, efforts to build secure supply chain networks have only begun in recent years.

Indeed, it was not until the April 2021 compromise of SolarWinds software that led to a swath of intrusions across government entities and various industries that attacks on supply chain networks became a common concern within the C-suite. The heightened threat to distribution networks compelled businesses to rethink how best to protect existing infrastructure and allocate risks.

 

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