Recent supply chain attacks prompted cybersecurity professionals, under the auspices of Cybersecurity Collaborative, to stand up a task force focused on minimizing third-party risk.

The need for the Third-Party Risk Task Force, which kicked off this week, has been amplified by recent advanced persistent threat attacks that infiltrated corporate and government networks, due to security vulnerabilities in the supply chains. One example, discovered last month, was a supply chain attack that trojanized SolarWinds Orion business software updates to distribute malware to multiple global victims.

“The ongoing Russian cyberattacks underscore the importance of third-party risk management to organizational resiliency and national security,” said Parham Eftekhari, senior vice president and executive director of Cybersecurity Collaborative. “That’s why developing tools to defend supply chain networks from nation state actors and cybercriminals is a top priority for cybersecurity leaders.”

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