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Curtis Franklin Jr.
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8 Supply Chain Security Requirements

Complex supply chains have complex security requirements, but secure them you must. Here's where to start.

It seems impossible to overstate the importance of the supply chain, especially in times like these. Millions of consumers, too, learned distressing lessons when stories of crops rotting in fields and images of empty grocery shelves collided. 

One glaring realization: Many supply chains are not just complex, they're brittle – hardened against certain risks, but vulnerable to shocks from other sources. That statement is true for the physical components of a supply chain as well as the supply chain data that IT security professionals are charged with protecting.

Dark Reading turned to a number of security professionals about what it takes to secure a supply chain. Their answers ran the gamut from the obvious to the subtle, the strategic to the operational. But all recognized one critical fact: "Supply chain risks are complex," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra. And managing those risks is no simpler.

The points we present here are intended to help you protect your supply chain from multiple risks – not just the most obvious. And they tend to look at data that flows through an organization's supply chain from many directions, not simply upstream.

How has your supply chain fared in 2020? Have your plans for supply chain resilience panned out, or have there been lessons learned from a shock to the system? Leave a comment, below, to share your lessons or triumphs from these extraordinary times.

(Image: momius VIA Adobe Stock)


Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Analyst at Omdia, focusing on enterprise security management. Curtis has been writing about technologies and products in computing and networking since the early 1980s. He has been on staff and contributed to technology-industry publications ... View Full Bio
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