Most companies have a supply chain in which third-party organizations develop components that are used in the development of their products. The same is true of software. Companies rely on applications developed by third parties, and even software developed internally uses third-party libraries and code.
However, this dependency on third-party code creates opportunities for attackers. Supply chain security prevents attackers from attacking an organization via the third-party applications and code that it uses.
Supply chain attacks have become a growing threat in recent years. High-profile cyberattacks, such as the ones on SolarWinds and Kaseya, demonstrate that attackers can dramatically increase the impact of an attack by compromising a single organization and exploiting trust relationships to gain access to customer networks.
Cybercriminals also commonly target open-source libraries and code repositories in their attacks. If they successfully infect these libraries, then all applications using the compromised libraries will be impacted as well. Most applications rely on several different libraries, and dependencies can be many layers deep. Supply chain security solutions help organizations maintain visibility into their software supply chain dependencies, enabling them to effectively identify and remediate exploitable vulnerabilities or backdoors inserted by attackers.
Supply chain attacks exploit an organization’s trust relationships, including trust in external organizations and third-party software. Some of the main supply chain threats that organizations face include the following:
Supply chain attacks pose a significant risk to an organization and can have dramatic impacts. Companies can take a variety of steps to prevent supply chain attacks or to minimize their impact. Some supply chain security best practices include the following:
Supply chain attacks are a major threat to corporate cybersecurity. Supply chain attackers can perform a variety of malicious actions, including data theft and ransomware infections. Learn about the current state of the cyber threat landscape in Check Point’s 2022 Security Report.
An effective defense against supply chain attacks starts during the software development lifecycle. Scanning code for vulnerabilities during the development process and maintaining visibility through deployment and beyond maximizes an organization’s chances of finding and fixing issues before they become costly data security incidents.
Check Point CloudGuard provides development and security teams with the tools that they need to secure software development and deployment in the cloud. CloudGuard integrates a wide range of security functions, and a recent acquisition of Spectral has further enhanced its capabilities.
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