Evolving Threats to Global Hardware & Software Supply Chains



Software vendors and developers find themselves working round the clock to stay abreast of the evolving threats to global hardware and software supply chains posed by threat vectors. With the growing sophistication of software supply chain attacks, consumers and enterprises are having to step up their cybersecurity efforts in a bid to prevent unauthorized entry and potentially disastrous incidents.

The current state of affairs

Just how bad are the software supply chain attacks? According to the 2019 Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, there was a 78% increase in incidents in 2018. Experts in the industry anticipate a surge in attacks as more businesses turn to technology and encourage employees to work remotely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Top 4 types of hardware and software supply chain attacks

When examined, hardware and software supply chain attacks can be placed into one of four categories:

  • Attacks that are focused on compromising updating software and building tools
  • Attacks that are geared at stealing code-sign certificates
  • Attacks that embed compromised code into hardware components
  • Attacks wherein malware has been pre-installed on devices such as USBs, smartphones, and cameras.

Best tips for protecting your business against software supply chain attack

When it comes to protecting your enterprise against the onslaught of software supply chain attacks there are a few best practices to follow:

  • Develop robust code integrity systems and policies within the business that give permission to authorized apps only
  • Integrate endpoint detection solutions that identify and alert your IT team about suspicious code and applications
  • Update infrastructure must be maintained and regularly monitored
  • Vulnerabilities and backdoors should be patched immediately upon discovery
  • Multi-factor authentication should be standard procedure
  • Develop a stringent questionnaire for vendors supplying software to your business – a good guide to use is the one issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • A contingency plan to notify clients of third party intrusions and supply chain attacks should be developed ahead of time.

The bottom line

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