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Supply Chain Attack Risks and How to Prevent Them

Despite the events of the past two and a half years, hackers have had plenty of opportunities to create worldwide chaos. As people got used to ‘the new normal, the technology industry dealt with one of the 21st century’s biggest cyberattacks. SolarWinds had devastating effects on the supply chain, affecting the United States government and thousands of other entities.

While these attacks have happened for several decades, they’ve increased in severity and frequency within the last ten years, even within the Android app development space. Here, we will discuss what supply chain attacks are and how to prevent them.

What’s Involved in a Supply Chain Attack?

Attacks on the supply chain occur when bad actors infiltrate organizations, exploiting the weakest links in the supply chain. Outside vendors are often to blame, as they have access to companies’ systems and may expose certain vulnerabilities via substandard security practices. When suppliers are compromised, their entire networks are at risk—so even a minor software update can be used to gain access.

These attacks are so effective because they use legitimate processes to access private networks. Supply chain attacks affect businesses of all sizes, and anyone using infected software can get caught up.

Common Cyberattack Risks and Prevention Tips

In the sections below, we will examine the four most common supply chain risks while offering tips for increased security.

How can companies protect themselves from cyber threats? The answer is obvious: choose partners and suppliers carefully. With the common-sense tips listed above, companies can do a little work now and prevent a lot of problems later.

Supply Chain Protection is Every Company’s Responsibility

While we all wish they would go away, supply chain attacks are, unfortunately here to stay. By addressing these risks strategically and securely, from cloud to code, companies put themselves in better positions to protect the supply chain.

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