A supply chain attack is a type of cyberattack in which an organization’s supply chain is compromised. These flaws are typically associated with vendors who have poor security postures.
Vendors require access to private data in order to integrate with their users; therefore, if a vendor is compromised, its users may also be compromised as a result of this shared pool of data.
Because vendors have a large user base, a single compromised vendor frequently results in a data breach affecting multiple businesses.
This is what makes supply chain attacks so effective: rather than laboriously breaching each target one at a time, multiple targets can be compromised by a single vendor.
𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐈𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐌𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐬
- –Implement Least Privilege: Many organizations give their employees, partners, and software far too much access and permission. These excessive permissions facilitate supply chain attacks. Implement least privilege and give everyone and everything the permissions they need to do their jobs.
- –Perform Network Segmentation: Third-party software and partner organizations do not require unrestricted network access. To divide the network into zones based on business functions, use network segmentation. As a result, even if a supply chain attack compromises part of the network, the rest of the network remains secure.
- –Follow DevSecOps Practices: By incorporating security into the development lifecycle, it is possible to detect maliciously modified software, such as the Orion updates.
- –Automated Threat Prevention and Threat Hunting: Analysts in Security Operations Centers (SOCs) should defend against attacks across all of the organization’s environments, including endpoint, network, cloud, and mobile.