Strength in Unity: Why It’s Especially Important to Strengthen Your Supply Chain Now

The ongoing war in Ukraine means that defenses are only as good and as strong as those with whom we partner.

Disinformation campaigns, distributed denial-of-service attacks, wiper malware, Internet blackouts, and bot armies are just a few of the various digital attacks that Russia has aimed at Ukraine. In late February, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a joint advisory warning US firm to prepare their defenses to defend against these kinds of attacks. As of now, at least four different kinds of wiper malware — destructive disk-wiping malware — have been released during the conflict.

For those who are still wondering where is the cyberwar in the Russian invasion, it’s already here and it’s imperative for organizations across the globe to be prepared. However, in a tightly integrated global economy, these preparations must not occur in isolation but, rather, must encompass an organization’s partners — and their partners’ partners, and so forth. Collective resilience captures this notion of strengthening the defenses across an organization’s entire supply chain ecosystem by pursuing strength in unity, but viewed through a realistic lens, that self-preservation requires strengthening and lifting up the weakest links within highly interdependent systems. When it comes to the growing uncertainty and instability stemming from the Russian invasion, there has been a sharp swing toward collective resilience to proactively offset and mitigate the ongoing Russian malicious cyber activity.

Russian malware has a history of making organizations across the globe collateral damage, even if they are not the intended target. In 2017, a destructive supply chain attack propagated across the globe in a matter of hours. Maersk, Merck, and FedEx were just a few of the global victims, as the cyberattack disrupted ports, hindered vaccine distribution by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and crippled manufacturing sales. This history, coupled with Russia’s ongoing deployment of a range of malicious cyber activity during the fog of war, elevates the risk and potential for collateral damage across the globe due to cyberattacks. CISA’s Shields Up campaign attests to the growing risk to organizations stemming from the Russian invasion. Read more:

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