Outsourcing’s dark side: How to stop the surge of supply chain attacks

It’s an increasingly familiar scenario. A well-regarded company offering a popular online service discloses that it has fallen victim to a data breach. Cyberattackers have stolen customer names, phone numbers and credit card data, and little can be done to rectify the situation.

High-profile companies such as DoorDash, Plex and LastPass have all recently become victims of third-party supply chain attacks, but they are certainly not alone. According to “Treading Water: The State of Cybersecurity and Third-Party Remote Access Risk” — a report of more than 600 U.S. security professionals across five industries published by the Poneman Institute — third-party attacks have increased from 44% to 49% since last year.

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