Avoidable supply chain disruptions occur more frequently than anyone would like. Some of the more recent notable examples:
- In October 2013, Adobe announced it had been hacked, and subsequent reports showed that not only were over 150 million users impacted, but code to one of their signature products, Photoshop, was released publicly.
- From March 2013 to July 2014, over 600 people across 29 states were infected with salmonella which was finally linked back to Foster Farms brand chicken.
- During the 2013 holiday season, 40 million credit card users had their information stolen when hackers accessed Target’s gateway server with credentials stolen from a third-party vendor.
- In 2015, over 20 million current and former federal employees and their contacts had their information stolen in a massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
The world continues to get smaller as organizations increasingly rely on integrated systems, multi-tiered and global manufacturers. This dependence is transforming the traditional discussion around supply chain security into a cyber-focused dialogue predicated on security, integrity, resiliency, and quality. Yet, outdated procedures, end-of-life technologies, and stove-piped authorities and processes have led to blind spots within supply chains. Adding to this is the fact that supply chains are not linear relationships but integrated webs of connections and transparency into those relationships is more important than ever.
With adversaries actively exploiting these supply chain vulnerabilities, organizations should work to protect their critical infrastructure and National Security Systems (NSS). Interos has developed a Global Threat Information Center (GTIC™) that provides a managed service approach to reducing supply chain risk and providing deeper vendor risk intelligence and continuous monitoring. Our unique approach allows organizations to identify and provide proactive supply chain risk management (SCRM) mitigations that create a sustainable and scalable model for faster business decisions.
When was the last time your organization reviewed its supply chain and its processes?