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Supply Chain Attacks

Taking a proactive stance in recognizing and reducing vulnerabilities in your supply chain is imperative for a strong defense against supply chain assaults. With our Next-Gen Vulnerability Management Platform you can pre-emptively safeguard against these risks and detect potential hazards before they turn into major disruptions.

Understanding Supply Chain Cyber Attack

Navigating the Hidden Threats

A supply chain attack targets an organization's vulnerabilities by compromising a trusted component or vendor rather than directly attacking the target system or application. This type of attack exploits companies' trust in their partners and can be especially devious.

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Software Updates

Cybercriminals can distribute malicious code by compromising the software updates from trusted vendors or infiltrating your software development process at any stage, from the initial coding and testing, right through to distribution and installation.

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Hardware Tampering

You should be cautious: cybercriminals can tamper with hardware components during manufacturing or transport. When these components are integrated into your organizational infrastructure, they can introduce backdoors or other vulnerabilities.

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Many software projects rely on open-source libraries or third-party components. If attackers compromise any of these components, any software you've built that depends on them could become vulnerable.

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Insider Threats

Employees or contractors within your supply chain could be coerced, or might even voluntarily introduce vulnerabilities or malicious software. It's vital to monitor and vet your internal network diligently.

The Impact of Supply Chain Attacks

Supply chain attacks allow cybercriminals to breach an organization's defenses by targeting suppliers. This can be a particularly effective method of attack, as suppliers are often connected to a wide range of organizations and can provide attackers with a backdoor into their target's systems.

Data Breaches

Supply chain attacks are commonly used to perform data breaches. The SolarWinds hack was just one example of how these attacks can be used to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data. The hack exposed the sensitive data of multiple public and private sector organizations.

Malware Infections

Cybercriminals often exploit supply chain vulnerabilities to deliver malware to a target organization. Malicious backdoors, like the one included in the SolarWinds attack, and ransomware, as seen in the Kaseya attack, are among the most common types of malware that exploit these vulnerabilities.

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How Does a Supply Chain Attack Work?

A supply chain attack aims to exploit weaknesses in an organization's network of suppliers, vendors, and third-party entities rather than its internal IT infrastructure. Instead of directly attacking the target organization's IT systems, an adversary targets the less secure elements within its supply chain.

Here's an overview of how a supply chain attack works:

  1. Selection of Target: Attackers identify a desirable target organization (e.g., a major corporation, government entity, or high-profile service provider).
  2. Identify Weaker Links: Attackers perform reconnaissance to discover weaker links in the target's supply chain, including smaller vendors, contractors, or third-party software/service providers that may have less rigorous security measures.
  3. Initial Breach: Attackers compromise one of these weaker links by hacking into their networks, installing malware, or even through insider threats.
  4. Gaining Access: Once inside the supply chain, cybercriminals work to expand their access, either by moving laterally within the compromised vendor's system or by using that vendor's connections to approach the primary target.
  5. Insertion of Malicious Code or Components: Modifying software or hardware components before they're delivered to the main target is common. One notable example is the SolarWinds attack, where cybercriminals inserted malicious code into an update for the SolarWinds Orion platform, a network management tool. When organizations installed the infected update, they unwittingly allowed the cybercriminals access to their systems.
  6. Exfiltration or Sabotage: Once the attacker has a foothold in the primary target's systems, they might move to exfiltrate sensitive data, introduce further malware, or sabotage operations.
  7. Maintaining Persistence: Many sophisticated supply chain attacks aim to remain undetected for as long as possible. Cybercriminals might establish backdoors, deploy rootkits, or utilize other techniques to maintain access.
  8. Exit: After achieving their objectives, cybercriminals might attempt to cover their tracks, erasing logs or evidence of the breach.

How Do I Prevent a Supply Chain Attack?

Cybercriminals specifically target software providers, third-party vendors, and hardware manufacturers to infiltrate systems by compromising one of these trusted components. Follow these best practices to prevent supply chain attacks;

Risk Assessment
  • Conduct regular risk assessments to identify potential vulnerabilities in your supply chain.
  • Prioritize critical components or vendors based on their potential risks.

Vendor Management

  • Vet and monitor all third-party vendors rigorously. Assess their cyber security posture and practices before onboarding.

Least Privilege

  • Grant third-party vendors only the permissions they strictly need.
  • Monitor and review permissions regularly.

Update and Patch

  • Regularly update and patch all software and hardware.
  • Maintain an inventory of all third-party software and hardware.
  • Ensure vendors are committed to providing timely patches and updates.

Continuous Monitoring

  • Be vigilant for suspicious activity by monitoring network traffic and system logs.
  • Stay informed of new vulnerabilities and threats with threat intelligence feeds.

A comprehensive approach is necessary to prevent supply chain attacks, encompassing technology, processes, and people. While no strategy can guarantee 100% protection, diligently following these best practices can significantly reduce the risk.

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