May 17, 2020

DB Schenker Rail UK invests in unique multimodal Euro-Hub development

DB Schenker
rail freight
European logistics
Admin
2 min
The Barking facility is set to open in March 2015
Follow @SamJermy and @SupplyChainD on Twitter.DB Schenker Rail UK has announced the development of a multimodal Euro-hub for the import and export of fi...

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DB Schenker Rail UK has announced the development of a multimodal Euro-hub for the import and export of finished vehicles, which will be the only rail linked facility of its type in the country, connected to HS1.

The company has taken a 20 year lease on a 34 acre site in Barking, East London, with plans to initially construct a rail connected facility to accommodate the unloading, storage, preparation and distribution of imported and exported finished vehicles.

It will be ideally situated at the most westerly point of connection to the European rail network, providing a pivotal link between the UK and Europe. It will also have excellent access to the UK strategic highway infrastructure.

Geoff Spencer, CEO of DB Schenker Rail UK, said: “Barking Euro-Hub is a truly innovative new offering to the automotive import/exports market. DB Schenker Rail UK has been moving finished vehicles by rail through the Channel Tunnel since it opened 20 years ago so we are well placed to develop the Barking site. It will bring huge benefits to our customers and the broader industry.”

The terminal will initially have the capability of handling up to 150,000 finished vehicles per year. It will provide simplified logistics supply chain solutions for customers, reducing transhipment and the associated risk of damage through handling. Furthermore, it will also allow for significantly shorter transit times and reduced CO2 emissions when compared to current typical international transit modes in the automotive sector.

The new facility is expected to open in March 2015. It has the potential to create 21 local jobs over the coming years and will have the capability to handle intermodal traffic both internationally and domestically, creating a dynamic site that presents a genuine opportunity to drive modal shift.

For more information, please visit: http://www.rail.dbschenker.co.uk/rail-uk-en/News_Media/press/news/8588182/Rail_Invests_in_Euro-Hub_development.html

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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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