The Butterfly Effect in Cybersecurity: Why Understanding Today’s Threats in the Supply Chain is Crucial for Business

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Carmine J. Corridore

Carmine Corridore is a seasoned professional in the I.T. industry with over 30 years of experience. He has held various positions from field tech, team lead, service manager, project manager, and Director of I.T. Currently, he serves as the Client Facing Chief Strategy Officer and President of Underdog Cyber Defense. Carmine is a Rotarian and serves on the local chamber board and several committees. Carmine believes in giving back to the community, and he accomplishes that through donations and sourcing local talent and goods. Carmine is Credentialed and Certified in Cybersecurity.

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Understanding Today’s threats in the Supply Chain is crucial for business survival. Every business has a supply chain and every business is part of a supply chain. Understanding the threats and how one attack can have widespread effects on your business is important to survive and thrive.

Did you know that cybercrime is not only growing, but it’s also evolving? We not only need to be aware of the dangers, but we must also understand them. Our goal is to share our knowledge, not lock it away. Consider us your partners in this digital battlefield.

Recently, a series of cyber-attacks disrupted businesses across various sectors. These incidents reminded us again of the stark realities of cyber vulnerabilities, especially regarding supply chain attacks.

What is a supply chain attack, you ask? Imagine you have a beautiful fortress with tall, impregnable walls. But what if your enemy could find a way inside through one of your unsuspecting suppliers who had access to your defense? That is what a supply chain attack is. It’s sneaky, it’s damaging, and it’s becoming more common.

Threats in the Supply Chain is Crucial for Business

Our first case is a high-profile example of a Business Email Compromise (BEC). According to an FBI report, the cyber criminals scammed the vendors to the tune of several million dollars. Here’s the crux: the perpetrators didn’t use any high-tech tools or dark web magic; they merely manipulated our good faith in business transactions. It’s a glaring reminder of how a simple yet well-executed email scam can cost a company its reputation and finances.

Two cases of these types of attacks recently affected our healthcare sector. Oregon Health Plan reported a data breach impacting 1.7 million patients. At the same time, Prospect Medical Holdings, a healthcare firm with operations in Pennsylvania and California, fell victim to a cyberattack that could potentially disrupt healthcare services for many.

Now, what could this mean for you and your business? If we draw parallels, your company has its supply chains and its own connections. It doesn’t matter if you’re not in healthcare or finance. As long as you’re connected, you’re part of the chain.

And the hits don’t stop there. Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County reported a data breach impacting over 967K residents due to a software flaw in MoveIT, a secure encryption file transfer software.

These incidents point to a common thread – the ripple effect of cyber threats in the supply chain. One weak link can expose multiple businesses to risk. As we navigate this digital landscape, we remind ourselves of the importance of protecting ourselves and our partners from these threats.

So, what’s the takeaway here? Here are our two cents: Be aware, stay informed, and take proactive measures to safeguard your businesses from these cybersecurity threats. Let’s face it: nobody said running a business in the digital age would be easy, but challenges like these keep us on our toes, striving for the best version of ourselves and our businesses.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all this, don’t sweat it. We’re here to help break it down and support you in building a robust cyber defense strategy. It’s not about scaremongering but understanding the landscape and equipping you with the knowledge and tools to be resilient and future-proofing your business.

Remember, we’re on this journey together. If you need more clarification about your current cybersecurity situation or want to learn how to protect your business, book a 15-minute strategy session with our team. We’re eager to share our knowledge and support you in this journey.

Let’s create a cyber-secure future together.

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Carmine Corridore

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