How to Protect Against Supply Chain Attacks?

How to Protect Against Supply Chain Attacks?

Feb 28, 2021 / Kron

Since supply chain attacks can be carried out in many different ways such as through hardware, software or firmware, the measurements that need to be taken also varies. Among these measurements there are various activities from restricting access to sensitive data to conducting a third-party software risk assessment. In this article you will find out how to protect against supply chain attacks and maintain the security of your company without any loss. 

Methods to Protect Against Supply Chain Attacks

Data should be broadly protected from the supply chain attacks that can come from outside the system because of hardware or software tools with security flaws. To protect the data truly, some of the steps need to be followed when it comes to security policies.

Identify Assets That Are Likely to Be Targeted

Although all data are very important to companies, some might be vital to them. For example, customer data is one of the most important assets for all organizations in terms of data security. For your company's data security, you can prioritize the customer data security in your investments and security practices, and start with controlling the privileged users and applications that have access to that kind of data.

Restrain the Access to Sensitive Data

As the access to the technology gets easier, the risk of sustaining a supply chain attack increases. One of the most important reasons is the technological products and services that organizations acquire and integrate from third parties. Since they are much more vulnerable to cyber attacks, small-sized enterprises should also pay utmost attention to the authorization of companies, from which they provide technological products and services, to access critical data. 

Conduct Risk Assessments for Third-Party Software

The most common method of supply chain attacks used by cyberbullies is third-party software. This method requires high-level information and resources, and might not be realized by companies for a long time. That's why the security levels of programs and updates used in the companies' systems should always be assessed.

Identify Insider Threats

Your employees might have malicious intent just like cyber attackers, or their negligence might result in serious security problems. By using methods such as two-factor authentication (2FA) and dynamic data masking, you can prevent both insider and outsider cybersecurity threats.

In a sense, all these processes for protecting company data from supply chain attacks are leading IT professionals to apply several security approaches in terms of cybersecurity and one of them is called Zero Trust. As being one of the efficient method in cybersecurity, Zero Trust, as the name suggests, enables companies to act on the idea "Never trust, always verify", and to protect themselves from malicious people and software (or hardware and firmware) at a maximum level.

Privileged Access Management That Offers
Multi-Layered Protection

Offering an integrated security system against cyber attacks that are increasingly growing and varying, privileged access management (PAM) also includes all the steps required by the zero trust method. In this way, privileged access management protects the inner legacy system of your company and identifies the software and updates that can lead to supply chain attacks since they are included in the system externally. This method needs private and multiple verifications for each access demand inside or outside the system, so it meets the most basic requirements of the Zero Trust model.

Privileged access management (PAM) includes many technologies that make it quite difficult for cyber attackers to infiltrate the infrastructures of companies. Among these technologies are privileged session manager eliminates access management complexity and offers a central solution, dynamic password controller enables a fully encrypted password management infrastructure, two-factor authentication (2FA) allows for location and time-based verification, dynamic data masking enables enhanced masking capability, and other high-level security measures.

Privileged access management not only offers broad protection for your company's system with its advanced security technologies, but also reports users that can cause risk, unauthorized access, and any other insider or outsider threat to you with its advanced services that enables to protect against potential threats.

Bringing together all the vital measurements, including the Zero Trust method, for the cybersecurity of your company, Single Connect offers flawless protection for your data from internal and external cyber threats. As of the most qualified Privileged Access Management (PAM) solution, Single Connect helps you to improve access security against supply chain attacks as well as several other types of security threats.

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