In the interconnected world of global commerce, Supply Chain Services (SCS) form the backbone of our economies. However, as these systems become increasingly digitised, they also become more susceptible to a myriad of cybersecurity threats. This article explores the rising tide of cybersecurity threats in SCS and how the CYRENE project is addressing these challenges.
The Evolving Cyber Threat Landscape
The digital transformation of supply chains has brought about numerous benefits, including increased efficiency, reduced costs, and improved customer service. However, it has also opened up new avenues for cyber threats. These threats range from data breaches and ransomware attacks to supply chain disruptions caused by cyber-physical system failures.
In recent years, we have witnessed a significant increase in the frequency and sophistication of these attacks. Cybercriminals are exploiting the complexity and interconnectivity of digital supply chains, targeting weak links to gain access to sensitive data or disrupt operations. The consequences of these attacks can be devastating, leading to financial losses, reputational damage, and even threats to national security.
The CYRENE Approach
At CYRENE, we recognise the severity of these threats and the need for robust cybersecurity measures to protect SCS. Our project focuses on developing innovative solutions that can help secure supply chains against a wide range of cyber threats.
One of our key initiatives is the development of a cybersecurity scheme, a risk and conformity assessment methodology, and a tool to realise the SCS certification process. These tools provide a standardised approach to cybersecurity, ensuring that all supply chain components are adequately protected against potential threats.
The Importance of Collaboration
Addressing the rising tide of cybersecurity threats in SCS requires a collaborative approach. It involves not only the development of technical solutions but also the fostering of a culture of cybersecurity awareness and resilience.
At CYRENE, we are committed to working with stakeholders across the supply chain – from manufacturers and suppliers to logistics providers and end-users – to enhance their understanding of cyber threats and their ability to respond effectively
The rising tide of cybersecurity threats in Supply Chain Services is a pressing concern. However, with the right tools, strategies, and collaborative efforts, we can navigate these challenges and build more secure and resilient supply chains.
At CYRENE, we are dedicated to this mission. We invite you to join us in our efforts to secure the future of global supply chains.
Project Coordinator: Sofoklis Efremidis
Institution: Maggioli SPA
Duration: 36 months
Participating organisations: 14
Number of countries: 10
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under grant agreement No 952690. The website reflects only the view of the author(s) and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.