Today’s supply chain is marked by the rise of e-commerce, the teleworking and the increase in digitalisation. A new scenario in which data protection and IT security, also known as cybersecurity, is more necessary than ever.
The most common types of cyber attacks in logistics are, fundamentally, malware, social engineering, brute force attacks, or the vulnerability exploitation of falsification. Threats, if they happens, represent a loss of trust, credibility and reputation for any organisation.
Operinter, a global logistics operator, carries out hundreds of operations every day all over the world by land, sea and air. Its IT (Information Technology) area works every day to ensure that security, linked to maximum efficiency, is a constant.
How to prevent cyber attacks?
It should be noted in mind that the more integrated the supply chain, the greater the likelihood of breaches and cyber-attacks. There are a number of steps that can be taken to try to minimise such incidents. Firstly, keep the organisation up to date and ensure that there is no obsolete software on the company’s network. Secondly, involve employees. Most successful attacks are due to human error.
Finally training: workers of different generations are confronted with new software to carry out their tasks within the company. The organisation must be made less interesting for hackers. This means, in parallel, improving the security of your systems and that of your customers.
The use of electronic invoices is on the rise
In recent times, transport companies have invested in digitalisation processes to increase efficiency but also to improve security. In this context, the use of electronic invoices, or e-invoices, which compete with their counterparts in paper or PDF format, has increased. Their use is increasing among actors in the logistics chain as they reduce collection times and improve the efficiency of organisations. However, the lack of an international standard and variations in existing models are hindering the wider implementation of this digital format globally.