How to Mitigate Cyberattack-Induced Supply Chain Disruptions

Brandon Marcus
December 11, 2023

In today’s sophisticated supply chains, with myriad interconnected vendors, partners, and software systems, cyberattacks pose a significant threat to supply chain operations. All it takes is one vulnerable party and one bad actor to put an entire supply ecosystem at risk of disruptions. 

Cyberattacks can lead to a cascade of supply chain challenges, necessitating a shift to manual order processing, causing product availability issues, order delays, and a painful, prolonged process of inventory rebuilding. However, with improved supply chain visibility, businesses can mitigate these risks by anticipating disruptions and re-directing operations.

Early Detection and Proactive Response

With end-to-end visibility, businesses can monitor their supply chains for anomalies and irregularities and detect cyber threats early. This allows them to respond proactively, isolate affected systems to contain the attack and implement contingency plans to maintain operational continuity. 

Transition to Manual Processes

In the aftermath of a cyberattack, reverting to manual ordering and processing is often necessary. With tools like Unity SCM, you can combine and reconcile new offline data with existing digital records in a central location. With a unified view of supply data, you can maintain insight into inventory levels, order statuses, and logistics, aiding the transition to manual operations. 

Inventory Management and Product Availability

Maintaining product availability is a significant challenge during cyberattacks, and re-establishing visibility into inventory levels and identifying products at risk is crucial. This allows you to prioritize the movement of goods and reallocate inventory from less affected areas, thus mitigating product shortages and potential lost sales. 

Supplier and Partner Reliability

In a cyberattack, some suppliers might be more affected than others. By analyzing lead times and carrier/supplier performance, businesses can identify which partners are still operational, maintain product availability, and avoid significant outages. 

Agile Risk Management

A sound risk management plan is essential for agile operations during cyberattacks. Unity SCM's data solutions support the development of such plans by providing crucial data for evaluating risks and formulating responsive strategies. As a result, organizations can take immediate actions, such as rerouting shipments or adjusting production schedules, to minimize the impact on product availability.

Strengthening Communication and Collaboration

Effective communication is critical during a cyberattack. Timely and transparent information sharing with stakeholders helps maintain trust, manage expectations, and nurture strong partnerships during a crisis. Ensuring everyone can access the same data eliminates department discrepancies and boosts productivity and collaboration. 

Ensuring Resilience In the Aftermath of a Supply Chain Cyberattack

When a cyberattack occurs, causing operational slowdowns and jeopardizing business continuity, having a single source of truth for what’s at risk is invaluable. Unity SCM consolidates supply chain data from various sources, enriching it with order and inventory information so you can make fast, informed decisions to rebuild inventory post-attack. 

With Unity SCM, you can:

  • Efficiently Transition to Manual Processes: Upload and blend manual data with digital records, maintain a coherent view of orders and inventory during disruptions, and minimize the impact on operations. 
  • Maintain Visibility: Get insights into inventory levels and order statuses, even during manual operation, enabling swift decisions to avoid significant product outages. 
  • Centralize Data for Better Coordination: When centralized, up-to-date supply chain information is accessible across your organization, you can effectively coordinate response efforts and maintain operational efficiency after a cyberattack.
  • Streamline Transition Back to Automated Systems: With comprehensive data integration, Unity SCM facilitates a smooth transition back to automated systems post-crisis, so you can rapidly resume normal operations without the hassle of data reconciliation.

Unity SCM can help your business mitigate disruptions and ensure your supply chain remains resilient and responsive despite digital threats. Ready to reinforce your supply chain against cyberattacks? Contact us to learn more.