THe importance of cybersecurity in logistics
There is a variety of risks in the supply chain, such as loss of inventory, delayed shipments, incorrect orders, broken equipment, etc. However, in this article, we are going to review a significant risk that emerged more recently in the logistics industry—cybersecurity. The consequences of cyber-attacks on the supply chain can be destructive, resulting in loss of essential data and funds. Protecting customer information is critical, and that is why logistic companies must invest in ways to protect shipping and transportation data. Let’s look at how this can be achieved:
To prevent cyber-attacks, you must identify your company’s vulnerabilities, and then address them. For example, your employees are key targets for hackers. According to Cybint Solutions, 95% of cybersecurity breaches are due to human error. You need to regularly train your employees in identifying hacking attempts. Educate employees to never open suspicious emails from known and unknown users, as emails are one of the most common means of hacking. If an employee does receive a suspicious email, ask them to report it to their supervisor, so he or she can notify the rest of the team. Cyber security is an all hands-on deck initiative, so make sure that employees across the board are aware of best practices and have the means to implement them.
Another vulnerability is outdated systems. If you are using outdated software, you are positioning your company to be hacked. At NOTS Logistics, we invest in the most current transportation and warehouse management systems to protect our customers’ sensitive information. We are utilizing these technologies day in and day out and ensure our staff are trained in best practices to help minimize risk.
Today, no one is 100% save from cyber-attacks. Therefore, we encourage our customers to invest in security and recovery. If your company is hacked, you want to have a recovery plan in place to minimize damage. For example, a secondary database can save your proprietary information if your main database is breached due to a hack. You want to have an option like this in place to reduce disruption as much as possible. NOTS Logistics has a comprehensive backup and recovery system in place to ensure that our data is safe, and secure.
At the end of the day, you deserve peace of mind that you are doing all that you can to protect your company, employees and clients. When you partner with NOTS Logistics, you can rest assured that we are doing our best to identify potential risks or threats for cyber-attacks and taking counter measures to minimize those risks.
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