Supplier security

Supplier security

Security throughout the chain

More and more companies are choosing to outsource operation and administration of their IT solutions to external parties. The reasons behind the outsourcing are often financial or to ensure competitiveness. But despite the fact that the goal of service providers is to be of benefit to your business, outsourced data can involve major risks – and in the worst case data loss – if not handled in the right way. Ensuring that your supplier is protecting your assets to the extent required should be a natural part of your security work.

89 %
have experienced a “supplier risk event” in the past 5 years
78 %
is the increase of supply chain attacks over the previous year
2 / 3
of all data breaches can be derived to supplier or third-party security gaps

Challenge

The primary supplier risk

Data intrusion and data leakage

It is important to understand how the delivery chain affects your risk. Your company can be the target of a cyberattack, both directly and indirectly, since hackers tend to attack convergence points/popular services that many companies use (see e.g. Solarwind and Cloud Hopper).

Access Management

Managing users and authorised access is crucial for supplier security. For example, by hacking the supplier's employees, and thereby gaining access to the supplier’s environment, a hacker can access information that you have stored with them or gain entry into your organisation system from their environment.

Data loss

When you are using one or more suppliers to process your data, it is important to have well-functioning backup procedures in case data should get lost in the event of a processing error or a ransomware attack.

Unsecure APIs

Application Programming Interfaces (all APIs) are a very common way for provide interaction between organisations and suppliers. Since both parties have access to these interfaces, it is important to avoid security gaps that otherwise could result in data leaks.

Unclear contracts

The obligations of the supplier are regulated in the contracts that are written. If it is unclear in terms of what applies or there is no review to check the extent to which the agreed terms are observed, this can result in both legal and security risks.

Privacy och compliance

When data is stored with different suppliers, who are often based in different regions, this can involve major challenges for the work of ensuring personal privacy and meeting compliance requirements.

Measures to implement

Four ways to reduce your supplier risks

Risk analysis

We can help you categorise your suppliers and the risks that are associated with them, and provide recommended measures to minimise these risks.

Risk Management

Security testing

Allowing your suppliers to be security tested is important. We can review the security of everything from networks and applications to API connections, cloud services, products and systems.

Security testing

Requirements

Our experts help you set requirements and specify risk-reducing measures in the contract in terms of the data that will be processed by the supplier.

Assessments

Security monitoring

If hackers manage to exploit the weaknesses with your suppliers, our defensive monitoring services can both detect and address a hack in almost real time.

BlueSOC

Contact us

We offer several contact routes and provide feedback as soon as possible. If you have sensitive information, we ask you to use the encrypted method.

Take control of your security

Book a free consultation

In the consultation, we talk about your organisation’s security challenges and discuss how we at Sentor can help you achieve your goals. If you would like to be contacted, provide your details on the contact form.