At the start of 2018, the Scottish Government published “The Public Sector Action Plan on Cyber Resilience”.
Supply chain cyber security was one of the main focuses of the plan, which discussed how the Scottish Government will leverage “requirements to improve the cyber resilience of Scotland’s SME community”.
This importance of this initiative was highlighted by reports this week that cyber gangs are looking for new ways to exploit computer networks via supply chain providers.
Cyber resilience requirements
Moving forward, the Scottish Government plans to work with private sector suppliers and key partners to set common core cyber resilience requirements for third party suppliers.
This will help both public and private sector organisations to align their cyber security standards and diminish the risk of a cyber attack.
During Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018 this July, Economy Secretary Keith Brown said:
“This plan is a blueprint for the Scottish Government and all its partners across the public and private sectors to work together to enhance our wider understanding of cybersecurity…
The plan also sets out how we can ensure we have a strong pool of professionals able to secure our businesses, charities and public services against current and future threats.”
It is important that public sector organisations protect themselves from third party threats. One way they can do this is by using supplier management software.
Supplier management software can help public sector buyers to identify and engage with the suppliers that their organisation wants to work with. It shows details about accreditations and certifications so that buyers can check for Cyber Essentials certification.
Cyber Essentials is a government-backed accreditation shows public sector organisations have a basic level of cyber security controls in place. Accredited businesses are protected from around 80% of basic cyber attacks.
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