The oversight in SCM cybersecurity stems from only focusing on information technology (IT), when in fact, cybercriminals can also target operational technology (OT) concerning industrial control, physical access, warehouse management, and the like. Internal threats to data processing and information sharing can also occur when there are no safeguards in place for data backup, or when employees are not comprehensively trained on cybersecurity awareness. Standard IT solutions like anti-virus and firewall software can be complemented with advanced DNS filtering and zero-trust security.
Meanwhile, the increasing adoption of the internet of things (IoT) in logistics and transport prompts companies to better monitor their facilities and distribution centers. In warehouse management for example, cloud-based pick-to-light systems increase efficiency and productivity with scalable, flexible, and collaborative aspects. User authentication and encryption of sensitive company and client data used in pick-to-light can prevent internal and external actors from intercepting order fulfillment.4 Pick-to-light systems and other IoT components with proper safeguards can help address threats from cyber thieves who launch physical attacks to delay shipment or sell information on real-time order volume to competitors.