Securing Your Supply Chain
In today’s digital age, supply chain cyber security has become an increasingly important concern for companies. With the growing reliance on technology and the interconnectedness of global supply chains, it is more important than ever for companies to assess and mitigate potential cybersecurity risks.
The good news is that there are several simple and effective ways for companies to assess supply chain cyber security risk. Companies can take proactive measures to protect their supply chain from cyber threats, from conducting regular cyber security assessments of vendors to implementing a communication plan and incident response plan.
By taking these steps, companies can ensure that their supply chain is secure and can continue to operate efficiently and effectively, even in the face of cyber security incidents. In this article, we will take a closer look at some key steps companies can take to assess and mitigate supply chain cyber security risks.
1. Conduct a risk assessment
One of the first steps in assessing supply chain cyber security risk is to conduct a risk assessment to identify potential vulnerabilities and threats. A risk assessment identifies, evaluates, and prioritises potential supplier hazards in a given situation or environment.
Generally, It will involve the following steps: identifying hazards that could arise out of this business relationship, evaluating the likelihood and potential impact of each threat, developing strategies to mitigate or eliminate the hazards, monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the strategies, and communicating the results of the risk assessment to all relevant parties. The risk assessment process should be ongoing and regularly reviewed to ensure it continues to identify and mitigate risks effectively.
2. Conduct vendor due diligence
It is essential for companies to conduct thorough due diligence on their vendors to ensure that they have robust cyber security practices in place. Vendor due diligence is evaluating a potential vendor’s business practices, financial stability and overall risk profile before entering into a business relationship.
The process of conducting vendor due diligence includes defining the scope of the due diligence, requesting information from the vendor, reviewing documentation, conducting interviews, assessing risk, evaluating compliance, making a decision on whether to enter into a business relationship with the vendor and ongoing monitoring of the vendor. It is important to note that vendor due diligence should be an ongoing process that is performed periodically to ensure that the vendor continues to meet the organisation’s standards and requirements.
3. Implement solid contracts and agreements
Companies should include vital cybersecurity clauses in their contracts and agreements with vendors to ensure they take appropriate measures to protect sensitive data and assets. Implementing solid contracts and agreements involves developing contracts that clearly define the roles, responsibilities and expectations of all parties involved in the supply chain.
Steps that can be taken include identifying potential risks, defining roles and responsibilities, developing risk management clauses, establishing performance metrics, including termination clauses, establishing communication protocols and regularly reviewing and updating the contracts. This approach is an important tool in managing and mitigating risks in the supply chain, but it should be used in conjunction with a comprehensive risk management approach.
4. Monitor the supply chain
Continuous monitoring of the supply chain can help companies identify potential risks and take timely action to mitigate them. Monitoring the supply chain involves regularly tracking and assessing the performance and activities of suppliers, manufacturers, logistics providers, and other parties involved in the supply chain.
This should include establishing key performance indicators (KPIs), regularly reviewing and tracking shared data, conducting supplier audits, implementing a supplier scorecard system, utilising technology/vendor management software, establishing communication protocols, and continuously evaluating and managing risks. These activities should be part of a comprehensive risk management strategy that includes identifying, assessing, and mitigating supply chain risks, as it is an ongoing process that requires regular attention and updates.
5. Communicate with vendors
To effectively identify and mitigate potential cyber security risks in the supply chain, regular communication with vendors about their cyber security practices is crucial. This can be achieved by distributing cyber security questionnaires to vendors, conducting cyber security assessments, performing regular cyber security audits, creating an incident response plan, encouraging vendors to report any cyber security incidents, vulnerabilities or potential risks they encounter, and regularly reviewing and updating cyber security policies and practices.
Additionally, companies should have their cyber security measures in place, conduct regular assessments of their cyber security posture, and have a plan to address and manage cyber risks in the supply chain. If you require assistance evaluating your cyber security posture and supply chain risk susceptibility, contact Cybra Security for a tailored assessment.