Semiconductors, the Supply Chain, and Cybersecurity

In late 2020, following a combination of poor planning and supply-chain complexities, the entire automotive industry was forced to cut production - with Ford, GM, Volkswagen and more manufacturers bringing production to a halt. The cause? A semiconductor shortage. As demand for vehicles rebounded much faster than anticipated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, carmakers found themselves scrambling to address the production constraints caused by a global chip bottleneck.

This report outlines:

  • The semiconductor industry as a small, yet absolutely critical supply chain
  • Insights into the extremely high levels of threat targeting of inbound traffic from known ransomware infrastructure
  • The alarming number of unsecured remote desktop ports - a frequent point of entry for ransomware threats
  • The alarming percentage of persistent high-level vulnerabilities rated "critical" by NIST
  • A surprisingly high percentage of companies who evidenced signs of traffic to suspicious websites, indicating potentially compromised networks or devices
  • The fact that the majority of semiconductors are manufactured in Taiwan and the unforeseen geopolitical knock-on effects of potential disruption or attack on the semiconductor supply chain

The semiconductor supply chain represents one of the most siloed, and most valuable, supply chains today. With every critical digital system utilizing semiconductors in some capacity, the effects of a halt in production are astronomical. There are a few simple steps organizations can take to transform their cybersecurity posture from reactive to proactive. Discover the insights now by downloading the report.