As organizations tighten up their defenses against cyber attacks, there’s one threat they often are missing: their smaller-sized vendors.
"More and more, as the large companies put their defenses in place, the adversaries are going toward their suppliers," Sondra Barbour, Lockheed Martin's head of information systems, said at the recent Fortune Most Powerful Women Conference. Indeed, smaller vendors that can’t afford expensive security measures and yet have links to some of their larger clients’ sensitive data are becoming targets of sophisticated hackers.
Several of the executives talked about how their companies are creating increasingly elaborate cyber attack scenarios and running fire drills to help them prepare for future attacks. They said too many organizations don’t put enough emphasis on such practice sessions and are paying the very high price.