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How you can prevent your business from becoming the weakest link in supply chain cybersecurity

Cyber-criminals are consistently identifying and targeting vulnerabilities within organisations. One of the biggest problems that CISO’s face is counteracting threats both to and from your partners, customers and the entire supply chain.

This year’s Accenture Cyber Threatscape Report highlights how the supply chain is now the target of choice for hackers seeking entry to the systems of major firms and organisations.

The challenge for a major organisation is that of defeating all the threats that emanate from supply chain partners but which are effectively beyond its control. The result is that enterprise-level businesses are increasingly putting pressure on their suppliers, large and small, to demonstrate due diligence in cyber security.

Supply chain partners, on the other hand, need to demonstrate they have taken all reasonable steps to reduce risk. Relationships in the supply chain now require the establishment of trust, with failure to demonstrate accountability, compliance and effective reporting a key factor in decisions about who does business with whom.

Anti-virus is used by most companies and is effective against known threats but is increasingly inadequate against the growing sophistication of criminals. These bespoke types of malware that can go undetected for several months before they are activated.

You must explore the options that can safeguard your company from damage caused by human error. Many of the attacks that are successful begin with an employee clicking on something they should not or failing to follow security protocols. Mistakes will happen and breaches will occur.

Companies would be well advised to shift the emphasis of their security posture from defending against known external threats and instead focus on identifying attacks as quickly as possible once they happen. Time is of the essence with viruses and malware and the faster they can be eradicated, the less damage they will do.

In the Ponemon 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study, the Mean Time to Identify (MTTI) and Mean Time to Contain (MTTC) metrics were used to assess the effectiveness of an organisation’s incident response and containment processes. It took an average of 168 days to identify a data breach and 67 days to contain it. That is a very long time for a malicious piece of code to remain inside a system.

Swift action can save the day, but it requires technology like ours that can detect any unauthorised presence on a server within seconds. Our technology can be implemented regardless of whether data is held in the cloud or on-premises.

Ours is a technology that uses the power and integrity of cryptographic chips found on the motherboards of every server. The CyberHive solution checks the status of servers every few seconds, monitoring security through a combination of hardware-based cryptography and whitelisting technology. This protects servers from all unauthorised activity with a speed and accuracy that conventional solutions cannot match.

Our solution is virtually impervious to hacking which effectively ensures that no person or organisation can tamper with servers, falsify verification data or bypass server security.

This is the simplest and most effective way for businesses that find themselves in the middle of a supply chain to protect themselves and their partners from the increasing sophistication and scale of cyber-attacks.

There is never a single answer to the challenges of cyber security. However, protecting servers with hardware-based cryptography and distributed whitelisting technology is the surest way for a business to protect all its supply chain partners and its reputation.

Contact us at [email protected] to find out more.


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