Welcome to the Era of the Cyber Supply Chain

Most of the time when people hear about cyber-security and data breaches they immediately think of high-profile attacks that have made national headlines in recent years – those are the ‘big ones’ that make the nightly news. But when we’re looking at supply chain and cyber-security issues, they don’t get much attention from the general…

Supply Chain Cyberthreats Balloon in 2018

Particularly in the electronics supply chain, intellectual property and product designs are the lifeblood of the organization—and a potentially lucrative draw for cybercriminals.  Looking for “quick bucks with minimal effort,” has put the supply chain in the crosshairs of cyber miscreants, according latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report. “Cybercriminals are testing and finding successful new attack strategies…

Get to the Top-Tier of IoT Security

Even as the Internet of Things (IoT) makes major shifts in the world of both consumer and industrial electronics, it opens a door to soaring security threats.  Electronics OEMs must safeguard both the manufacturing lines where they build connected products as well as the products they are making. Today, there are nearly three devices attached…

Software Supply Chain Risk Management: Enabling Resilience in National Critical Infrastructure

Growing concerns related to dependencies on software-reliant information communications technology (ICT) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices are pushing changes in governance associated with supply chain risk management (SCRM). The possibility of disruption of critical infrastructure exists because the software that enables these capabilities is vulnerable and exploitable. Exploit potential is often more about the…

Digital Authentication Fights Counterfeiting

Counterfeited products account for a lot of losses for legitimate manufacturers, as well as a lucrative opportunity for criminals. “In the high-tech sector, not only do manufacturers and OEMs face the possibility of end products being faked, they run the risk of counterfeit components entering into – and infecting –  the supply chain,” said the…

TSMC WannaCry Infection Forces Shutdowns, Financial Losses

On August 3, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), the largest chip fabricator globally introduced a WannaCry Ransomware cryptoworm variant onto its information technology/operational technology (IT/OT) networks. A TSMC supplier installed infected software on a new fabrication tool and connected it to the network, facilitating the malware infestation. The infection spread quickly, taking out 10,000+…