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feature | network security

Secure

Your Plant's
Supply Chain

Andrew Jamieson
UL

Management support is a key
component to establishing
a system that effectively
evaluates risks and sustains
security at all levels.
IN THE RACE to manufacture systems and
produce raw materials with less cost, in less
time, with less resources, it's often easy to let
things slide into less secure. This is especially true in today's interconnected world,
where software is not so much written as
assembled from various sources, with a thin
veneer of customization across the top of
a vast and unseen iceberg of open-source
software, board-support package code, and
third-party modules. In factories, increased
focus on automation adds complexity to
the manufacturing process, increasing the
security risk to the assembly process.
In a world of razor-thin margins, how do
we manage this level of complexity without
destroying the efficiency gains we've made
along the way? Supply-chain risk does not
need to be an intractable problem, but it
is a problem that must be confronted and
addressed. It cannot be ignored or wished
away, and only those companies that properly address this risk will continue to be
successful into the future.

TRICKLE-DOWN SECURITY
Although the obvious first step in ensuring
you have sufficient control over the security
of your supply chain is understanding your
supply chain, there is perhaps a " step 0 "
that's even more important: Getting buy-in

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