On 1 April, Homeland Security Today reported that the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) and its partners in government and industry had launched the 4th annual “National Supply Chain Integrity Month” with a call to action for organisations across the US to strengthen their supply chains against foreign adversaries and other potential risks. The partners aim to raise awareness of threats to US supply chains and share information on risk mitigation. A host of public and non-public events with stakeholders in government, industry, and academia are planned to enhance supply chain risk management efforts. It is said that, alongside other usual problems (natural disaster, trade and labour disputes etc) actions by foreign adversaries to exploit vulnerabilities in US supply chains pose unique counterintelligence and security threats. It is also said that adversaries are increasingly using companies and trusted suppliers as attack vectors against us for espionage, information theft, and sabotage. The initiative suggests 5 basic principles to enhance the resilience of an organisation’s supply chains –
- diversify supply chains;
- mitigate third-party risks;
- identify and protect the “Crown Jewels”;
- ensure executive-level commitment; and
- strengthen partnerships (within industry and with the government).
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