Understanding Supply Chain Security

The vast majority of companies rely on suppliers to deliver goods, systems or services. However, supply chains can be long and complex, with many stakeholders playing a role at all stages and to varying degrees. This set-up means vulnerabilities are inevitable and could be exploited to cause damage, disruption or to facilitate theft.

Having a secure supply chain will improve the overall resilience of your business and limit the impact you have on your suppliers, and those who you supply, if the worst happens. Implementing supply chain security tactics can also demonstrate your compliance with regulations and inspire confidence and trust among your customers and business partners.

The Principles of Supply Chain Security

Map the Risks

Gather information about weak points and understand your risk areas.

Create Controls

Take a proactive approach to fixing areas of concern in your supply chain security.

Test Arrangements

Build confidence by testing your supply chain security measures and learning from them.

Set Goals

Be vigilant as threats change and build continual improvement into your business plan.

What is a Secure Supply Chain?

A secure supply chain recognises the threat of cyber-attack, fraud, theft and insider damage and has policies in place to mitigate these risks. This must consider your suppliers, the information they hold about your business and customers, as well as any third parties you work with like service providers, web domain hosting, digital agencies and data storage providers.

The following statements will be true for businesses with a secure supply chain:

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You understand the risks

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You know the full extent of your supply chain

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You know the security policies your suppliers have in place

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You’ve set minimum security expectations for your suppliers

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You meet all the same expectations in-house

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You respond to all incidences and share insights

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You promote best practice every step of the way

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You monitor the effectiveness of security measures in place

The Challenge

Very few UK businesses have set minimum security standards in place for their suppliers, which leaves them open to significant risk of cyber crime and other security incidents. Attacks on companies are becoming more sophisticated and even the slightest vulnerability can be exploited. Finding the time and resource to critically assess the breadth of your supply chain, implement security initiatives and monitor their effectiveness is becoming ever-more challenging.

4Secure Solution

4Secure has the appropriate skills to consult and advise on how to protect your supply chain. We have spent time and effort developing our own tried and tested secure supply chain method, which has been adopted by many businesses who trust us to manage the entire process on their behalf.

Our highly skilled team strive to understand your business model, uncover your supply chain and explore what information is shared along the way. We can then manage how best to protect this information and isolate your customers and suppliers from any potential breach. To do this, we have a clear three-level system.

4Secure Three Level System

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4Secure is a reliable point of reference and available to consult on all supply chain issues.

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We create and manage your supply chain process on your behalf.

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We manage the supply chain process on behalf your business and selected suppliers to limit your exposure to risk.

Book a Consultation

To find out more about this service and how it can enhance your protection against cyber security threats by talking with one of our cyber security specialists. Simply call us on 0800 043 0101 or provide a few details in the form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

 

Case Studies

To help you discover how our products, services and solutions work in action, we’ve put together some case studies and solutions detailing how our range of bespoke solutions provide full spectrum protection for your business. 

Implementing a Secure File Transfer Service with 4SFT 31 May 2022
Implementing a Secure File Transfer Service with 4SFT
Multi Domains, Multiple Classifications into One Environment 6 May 2022
Multi Domains, Multiple Classifications into One Environment
Bi-directional Cross-Domain Enablement 27 April 2022
Bi-directional Cross-Domain Enablement
TrustedFilter™ Transport Layer Security (4TLS™) FAQs 4 August 2021
TrustedFilter™ Transport Layer Security (4TLS™) FAQs
TrustedFilter™ Bi-Directional Transfer (4BDT™) FAQs 4 August 2021
TrustedFilter™ Bi-Directional Transfer (4BDT™) FAQs
TrustedFilter™ Multi Channel Transfer (4MCT™) FAQs 4 August 2021
TrustedFilter™ Multi Channel Transfer (4MCT™) FAQs
TrustedFilter™ Message Queue Transport (4MQT™) FAQs 4 August 2021
TrustedFilter™ Message Queue Transport (4MQT™) FAQs
TrustedFilter™ XML JSON Scanner (4XJS™) FAQs 4 August 2021
TrustedFilter™ XML JSON Scanner (4XJS™) FAQs
TrustedFilter™ File Transfer (4SFT™) FAQs 6 May 2021
TrustedFilter™ File Transfer (4SFT™) FAQs

What Our Customers Say…

When it comes to the evaluating of our cyber security solutions, who better to ask than the people who made us? Discover what our customers say about our services and solutions.

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4Secure support Panoptech in the delivery of Secure Transmission Networks into Law Enforcement. With Panoptech owning and managing the largest secure network infrastructure in the UK, it was great to work with 4Secure to provide data diode connectivity to our customers. Over the coming years, we look to roll out more of this type of network to our existing and new clients using 4secure as a trusted partner. The team at 4Secure are a key part of our supply chain and work very closely with us delivering a capability that we can all be proud of and know that we are able to work together to deliver what the customer needs.

Kevin McDonald
Managing Director & Chairman
Panoptech
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Without the extraordinarily generous support from 4Secure the scheme would not have succeeded in delivering the scale of impact to Herefordshire schools and children that we were able to, at the time when it was critical to do so.

From the outset 4Secure became a critical partner and were always willing to go the extra mile to ensure we had everything we needed – and more! Their professionalism, industry-leading capability and can-do attitude was invaluable and made a huge difference to over 300 children in 45 schools across Herefordshire.

We are very grateful to have had the privilege of their support and partnership on this scheme. They should be proud of what they have done to make a difference in Herefordshire.

Tim Brett
Founder
Laptops 2 Kids
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I worked with the team at 4secure on a cross-domain security project, helpful, knowledgeable and efficient. Definitely added value and reduced the risk on the project.

Project Manager
MOD SPEC CAP

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