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Supply chain attacks target vendors and suppliers instead of directly targeting a specific business. Protect your organisation against these attacks with privileged access management.
A supply chain attack, which is also known as a third-party attack, value-chain attack or backdoor breach, is when a cybercriminal accesses a business’s network via third-party vendors or through the supply chain. Supply chains can be massive and complex, which is why some attacks are so difficult to trace.
Many businesses work with dozens of suppliers for everything from ingredients or production materials to outsourced work and technology. This is why it’s so important to protect the supply chain and ensure the companies you’re working with are as committed to security as you are.
Supply chain attacks are a type of cyberattack that is often overlooked. This type of attack can cause catastrophic damage over time and can be more difficult to detect and prevent if your vendors aren’t maintaining strict cybersecurity policies and using the best tools.
Supply chain attacks work by delivering viruses or other malicious software via a supplier or vendor. For example, a keylogger placed on a USB drive can make its way into a large retail company, which then logs keystrokes to determine passwords to employee accounts. Cybercriminals can then gain access to sensitive company information, customer records, payment information and more.
A software supply chain attack only requires one compromised application or piece of software to deliver malware across the entire supply chain. Attacks will often target an application’s source code, delivering malicious code into a trusted app or software system.
Cybercriminals often target software or application updates as entry points. Software supply chain attacks are incredibly difficult to trace, with cybercriminals often using stolen certificates to “sign” the code to make it look legitimate.
Hardware attacks depend on physical devices, much like the USB keylogger we mentioned earlier. Cybercriminals will target a device that makes its way through the entire supply chain to maximise its reach and damage.
Inserting malware into a computer’s booting code is an attack that only takes a second to unfold. Once a computer boots up, the malware is executed, jeopardising the entire system. Firmware attacks are quick, often undetectable if you’re not looking for them and incredibly damaging.
Supply chain attacks can be mitigated with a combination of options:
Detecting a supply chain attack quickly is the key to ensuring the damage is limited and reversible. By using modern tools, you can detect all kinds of supply chain attacks from firmware to software and beyond. Here’s what you need: