Supply chain – Business as usual?

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Our growing dependence on third-party and open-source software can be compared to adding more spare keys to a growing number of doors. Each key, while making access easier and operations smoother, also increases the chances that a hacker might find one under the mat and gain unauthorized entry into our systems.

Matthijs is CIO and CISO within Vitens, the largest drinking water utility in the Netherlands. Vitens serves a third of the Dutch population with clean spring water, which is purified and distributed using 96 production facilities and over 55.000 km of pipeline. Vitens is aiming to become fully data driven and at the same time people focused. Matthijs plays a leading role in this transformation.

In this ‘Suppy chain – Business as usual?’ episode of Threat Talks, Lieuwe Jan Koning and Luca Cipriano dive into the escalating risk of supply chain attacks amid growing reliance on third-party and open-source software. Featuring insights from Matthijs Zwart, CIO and CISO of Vitens, the discussion explores the implications of these threats in critical sectors like water supply.

The discussion extends beyond identifying the issue to emphasize proactive defense strategies. You’ll learn about the necessity of endpoint detection and response (EDR) software, implementing robust network firewall protocols, and consistently monitoring account sessions to detect and thwart unauthorized access.

Are you safeguarding your digital ‘spare keys’? Are you aware of how secure your business partners are?

To navigate the maze of supply chain cybersecurity, and to understand the shared responsibility in fending off these covert infiltrations, don’t miss our insightful episode of Threat Talks – ‘Supply Chain: Business as usual?’ for a comprehensive breakdown of supply chain attacks and defense strategies.

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How prepared is your organization to thwart these sophisticated attacks?

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The discussion progresses to examine the broader implications of supply chain vulnerabilities, with Log4j serving as a stark reminder of the interconnectedness of modern software ecosystems. Insights are shared on the collaborative efforts within the open-source community and among cybersecurity professionals to address these pervasive risks.

How can companies and developers better prepare themselves to prevent or swiftly respond to similar vulnerabilities in the future?

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Despite robust certifications and security measures, the attackers managed to bypass these defenses, highlighting the challenges in fully mitigating such risks. They exploited the SQL vulnerability to manipulate, add, or remove data, and execute remote code, demonstrating the sophisticated capabilities of modern cybercriminals.

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