Cybersecurity professionals contend that cybercriminals have had their sights set on logistics for some time.
Supply chains are part of a complex global system where data and information are shared through system integrations. The interconnectedness of the logistics industry creates multiple points where sensitive information is susceptible to a cyber-attack.
Quite simply, the more links in a supply chain, the more vulnerable the data becomes.
Data that is vulnerable includes inventory data, delivery, and arrival dates/locations, and operational data involving air, ground, and maritime cargo transportation; just to name a few.
Typically, cybercriminals will break into a company’s system and hold the data for ransom until it receives payment.
In order to provide cybersecurity in the logistics sector, it’s crucial for organizational management to accept the existence of cyber threats.
Difficulties may arise from interaction with external partners over uncontrollable networks during the migration process. Applications such as secure remote access and network segmentation help tackle the challenges.
Some of the measures that can be taken to ensure data security and protect the company against cyber-attacks include:
- Training company employees to be aware of cyber threats
- Using multi-factor authentication and strong passwords
- Keeping software up-to-date to prevent security vulnerabilities
- Investing in cybersecurity applications
- Frequently backing up files on the cloud to protect them from ransomware
Ensuring privileged account access security to prevent cyber threats and prevent the most common security vulnerabilities in the logistics industry also plays an important role in preventing data breaches.
Experts in this field believe one of the most effective way to secure authorized accounts on-premises or in the cloud is through Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions.
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