Over the last two years we have seen a steady increase in the number of orchestrated supply chain attacks, with ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cyber Security, reporting that attacks were expected to rise fourfold from 2020 to 2021. Simultaneously, supply chains are going through a period of digital transformation, with automation increasing efficiencies, whilst at the same time introducing possible vulnerabilities to businesses.
The 2020 SolarWinds attack demonstrated the catastrophic and rippling effect of supply chain strikes in full force. SolarWinds is regarded as one of the most significant supply chain attacks in recent years, especially considering the number of affected organisations, which included government agencies and large enterprises. It drew a lot of media attention and prompted a reaction from governments across the world. Unfortunately, this incident is far from unique, and the frequency of supply chain assaults has been progressively rising over previous years. This trend emphasises the necessity for policymakers and the security sector to work together to create, and implement, unique preventive measures to combat and minimise the effect of supply chain threats.
In 2022, businesses should consider supply chain security a boardroom priority, and a critical part of every cyber security strategy. Whether you are a business that ships products across the globe, or a professional services firm storing confidential client data, a review of your supply chain risk should be considered a high priority, and a strategic plan to mitigate risk and to respond to a possible breach put in place.