Delegates at a major information security event have been warned that weaknesses in their supply chains could be undermining their companies’ defence against cybercrime.
Speaking at Infosecurity Europe 2015, which was held in London between June 2nd and 4th, Cert-UK director Chris Gibson drew attention to the number of recent data breaches that could be attributed to organisations’ partners rather than problems with their own systems, Computer Weekly reports.
Examples include North American retailer Target, which was attacked in November 2013 after network credentials were stolen from its air-conditioning vendor.
“Target may have been very good at information security, but there was a weakness in their supply chain and that is where they fell over,” Mr Gibson commented.
In March, a survey from Forrester Research showed that 63 per cent of organisations believe data loss and theft to be the most significant risks associated with their supply chain relationships.
By comparison, just 55 per cent worry that their business might be adversely affected by a partners’ inability to deliver a quality service in a timely manner.
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