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Securing the Automotive Supply Chain from Third-Party Identity Risk

The automobile is the perfect example of a supply chain in action— a typical motor vehicle contains between 15,000 and 30,000 component parts, brought together by raw materials, finished parts, robotics, labor workers, highly trained engineers, and logistics. Every vehicle on the road is a tribute to design, process planning, organization, production, engineering, manufacturing, and delivery to the dealership.

Today, manufacturers are seeking safer, more efficient ways of managing their supply chains so they can quickly pivot to meet the needs and demands of their incoming and outgoing materials, services and parts, and the growing consumer demand for innovative cars.

Unfortunately, a manufacturer’s overall success relies on their supply chain’s speed, processes, reliability, and consistency. Each of these deliverables is complex in nature and repeatedly expose the automotive manufacturer to the full force of malicious cyber activities.

The automotive supply industry is especially vulnerable to third-party risk, as manufacturers have countless third-party product and service suppliers, each of which brings its own significant source of potential risk. It’s not unusual for each supplier to have 10, 100, or 1,000+, unique users accessing the automobile manufacturer’s network systems and applications every day. This is one of the largest supply chain footprints in existence, leaving it extremely vulnerable to attack.

This is especially concerning when one considers that third-party attacks are rising dramatically. Accenture’s State of Cybersecurity Resilience 2021 Report revealed that “indirect attacks – by which we mean successful breaches to organization through their supply chain – have increased from 44% to 61%.” In early 2022, a car manufacturer had to halt production after a cyberattack on one of its suppliers. The attack on an “obscure supplier” was enough to bring one of the world’s mightiest manufacturers to a standstill.

Read more about the challenges that automotive manufacturers face and how SecZetta’s solution is helping tackle them directly and automate risk-based identity lifecycle management processes.

Securing the Automotive Supply Chain From Third Party Identity Risk Use Case