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  • Writer's pictureArmin Honarasa

Is your supply chain secure from cyber threats? Australian businesses must consider cybersecurity in their entire chain

One significant risk that can affect the entire supply chain is cyber threats. In today's digital age, cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly common and can have devastating consequences for businesses. A cyber attack on any part of the supply chain, whether it's a supplier's system or a transportation company's network, can disrupt operations, compromise sensitive data, and lead to financial losses.

Man checking cybersecurity of the suppliers

I recently attended a session run by McGrathNicol discussing the importance of cyber security in supply chain. One of the most interesting facts mentioned in that session was how cyber threats are misunderstood by many businesses. According to the survey they conducted 80% of businesses have consideration to management of cyber risk in their supply chain, however, only 29% incorporated any sort of cyber due diligence and only 30% of those have incorporated management of cyber risk on termination of contract.

These are interesting and concerning statistics that show how naïve most business managers are. Running a business without involvement of the supply chain is impossible.

A supply chain is a complex network of interconnected processes and activities that involve the production, distribution, and delivery of goods and services.

While logistics and shipment are essential components of the supply chain, there are many other factors at play. From sourcing raw materials to manufacturing products, managing inventory or even administration support suppliers such as lawyers and consultants, each step in the supply chain has its own set of challenges and risks.

To mitigate the risk of cyber threats in the supply chain, companies need to take proactive measures to strengthen their cybersecurity defences. This includes implementing robust security protocols, regularly updating software and systems, and providing training to employees on how to recognise and respond to potential threats.

Collaboration with partners and suppliers is also crucial to ensure that everyone involved in the supply chain is taking cybersecurity seriously.

Ask yourself this question: have you demanded your suppliers, clients and contractors to have a cyber security policy and procedure in place?

Let’s say, a supply chain is much more than just logistics and shipment. It is a complex ecosystem that requires careful management and consideration of all potential risks, including cyber threats. By understanding the interconnected nature of the supply chain and taking steps to protect against cyber attacks, businesses can help safeguard their operations and maintain the integrity of their supply chain.

In today's digital age, information security is of utmost importance, especially when it comes to supply chains. As businesses rely more on technology and data sharing, the risk of cyber-attacks and data breaches increases. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that all parties in your supply chain have robust information security measures in place. This includes encryption protocols, secure networks, regular security audits, and employee training on cybersecurity best practices.

Adding a requirement for information security measures to your work and tender conditions is a proactive step towards protecting your business and your customers' data.

By asking potential partners and suppliers about their information security policies, you can assess their level of preparedness and determine if they meet your standards. This can help you avoid working with partners who may pose a risk to your data security.

Incorporating information security requirements into your contracts and agreements also demonstrates your commitment to protecting sensitive information and complying with data protection regulations. It can help build trust with your customers and stakeholders, showing that you take data security seriously and are proactive in mitigating risks.

Finally, as cyber threats continue to evolve and data breaches become more common, asking parties in your supply chain for their information security measures is a necessary step to safeguard your business and maintain the trust of your clients and partners.

APIC Management Group provides Cyber security Assessment and penetration testing for your supply chain and contractual requirements. If you need assistance setting up your Cyber policies contact us to discuss your needs.

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