May 17, 2020

Best of 2011: London Riots

Supply Chain Digital
Supply Chain
London Supply Chain
Eng
Freddie Pierce
2 min
Monday’s England riots burnt down London’s Sony distribution warehouse and affected DHL’s deliveries
The England riots are starting to have an impact on the countrys supply chain. As violence swept through the UK again last night, it was revealed that...

The England riots are starting to have an impact on the country’s supply chain. As violence swept through the UK again last night, it was revealed that rioters set ablaze and destroyed a Sony distribution center in London on Monday, the third night of the violence.

The 20,000 square meter, two-story Sony Digital Audio Disco corporation warehouse in Enfield was set ablaze on Monday night, and the blaze wasn’t under complete control until Tuesday at 11 a.m. The building partially collapsed and was completely destroyed, the London Fire Brigade said.

PIAS, a music distribution company, had stock in the warehouse, and spoke to IFW.net.

“Sony has identified a temporary distribution partner and it is envisaged that they will be in a position to pick, pack and ship orders next week,” PIAS said.

Global shipping leader DHL said deliveries had been disrupted in certain areas of London, and the company is closely monitoring the situation for potential road closures.

GRAPHIC FOOTAGE FROM THE RIOTS

The London rioters have taken to the streets in Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, Birmingham and Salford, looting stores, warehouses and homes.

The riots began when 29-year-old local Mark Duggan was shot and killed during an attempted arrest. Duggan, an alleged crack cocaine drug dealer and ‘Star Gang’ member, was reportedly carrying a loaded handgun, but there is no evidence that he fired on police officers before being shot.

A peaceful protest of about 200 people in Tottenham was held, and eventually turned ugly, sparking the London riots.

The England riots continued to rage on for the fourth consecutive night yesterday even after Prime Minister David Cameron came back from vacation early.

England’s leader made it clear that the city would up its London police force to 16,000 to fight the unrest. London had about 6,000 officers patrolling the capital’s streets on Monday.

Over 1,100 arrests have been made so far in England stemming from the riots.

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Jun 21, 2021

Google and NIST Address Supply Chain Cybersecurity

Google
NIST
SLSA4
Sonatype
Elise Leise
3 min
The SolarWinds and Codecov cyberattacks reminded companies that software security poses a critical risk. How do we mitigate it?

As high-level supply chain attacks hit the news, Google and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have both developed proposals for how to address software supply chain security. This isn’t a new field, unfortunately. Since supply chains are a critical part of business resilience, criminals have no qualms about targeting its software. That’s why identifying, assessing, and mitigating cyber supply chain risks (C-SCRM) is at the top of Google and NIST’s respective agendas. 

 

High-Profile Supply Chain Attacks 

According to Google, no comprehensive end-to-end framework exists to mitigate threats across the software supply chain. [Yet] ‘there is an urgent need for a solution in the face of the eye-opening, multi-billion-dollar attacks in recent months...some of which could have been prevented or made more difficult’. 

 

Here are several of the largest cybersecurity failures in recent months: 

 

  • SolarWinds. Alleged Russian hackers slipped malicious code into a routine software update, which they then used as a Trojan horse for a massive cyberattack. 
  • Codecov. Attackers used automation to collect credentials and raid ‘additional resources’, such as data from other software development vendors. 
  • Malicious attacks on open-source repositories. Out of 1,000 GitHub accounts, more than one in five contained at least one dependency confusion-related misconfiguration. 

 

As a result of these attacks and Biden’s recent cybersecurity mandate, NIST and Google took action. NIST held a 1,400-person workshop and published 150 papers worth of recommendations from Microsoft, Synopsys, The Linux Foundation, and other software experts; Google will work with popular source, build, and packaging platforms to help companies implement and excel at their SLSA framework

 

What Are Their Recommendations? 

Here’s a quick recap: NIST has grouped together recommendations to create federal standards; Google has developed an end-to-end framework called Supply Chain Levels for Software Artifacts (SLSA)—pronounced “Salsa”. Both address software procurement and security. 

 

Now, here’s the slightly more in-depth version: 

 

  • NIST. The organisation wants more ‘rigorous and predictable’ ways to secure critical software. They suggest that firms use vulnerability disclosure programmes (VDP) and software bills of materials (SBOM), consider simplifying their software and give at least one developer per project security training.
  • Google. The company thinks that SLSA will encompass the source-build-publish software workflow. Essentially, the four-level framework helps businesses make informed choices about the security of the software they use, with SLSA 4 representing an ideal end state. 

 

If this all sounds very abstract, consider the recent SolarWinds attack. The attacker compromised the build platform, installed an implant, and injected malicious behaviour during each build. According to Google, higher SLSA levels would have required stronger security controls for the build platform, making it more difficult for the attacker to succeed. 

 

How Do The Proposals Differ? 

As Brian Fox, the co-founder and CTO at Sonatype, sees it, NIST and Google have created proposals that complement each other. ‘The NIST [version] is focused on defining minimum requirements for software sold to the government’, he explained, while Google ‘goes [further] and proposes a specific model for scoring the supply chain. NIST is currently focused on the “what”. Google, along with other industry leaders, is grappling with the “how”’. 

 

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