May 17, 2020

Norbert Dentressangle launches time critical services

Norbert Dentressangle
European warehousing
3 min
Norbert Dentressangle launches time critical services
Follow @SamJermy and @SupplyChainD on Twitter.The Air and Sea division of Norbert Dentressangle has launched a complete range of time critical services...

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The Air and Sea division of Norbert Dentressangle has launched a complete range of time critical services, offering tailor-made solutions for urgent and specialist deliveries to companies in a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, automotive, manufacturing, fashion and life sciences.

To head up the new business unit, Norbert Dentressangle has recruited time critical expert, Stacy Rouillon, along with a dedicated team of specialists to deliver and develop Norbert Dentressangle’s time critical services.

These currently include secure critical services, including on-board courier, chartered aircraft and secure container, for confidential, valuable or sensitive items and air critical services for urgent shipments.

In all cases, services are available 24/7/365 and shipments are picked up within 60 minutes of booking confirmation. Norbert Dentressangle also offers real-time tracking and reporting, specially trained staff and a dedicated point of contact, supporting a complete chain of custody for every shipment. The company can also arrange Customs clearance at both origin and destination if required.

Based within Norbert Dentressangle’s existing offices at Heathrow, the new business unit offers best-in-class time critical services, helping customers avoid or reduce business loss due to manufacturing downtime, breakdown, accidents or force majeure.

Stacy Rouillon said: “At some point, almost all supply chains rely on time critical services; whether it be to avoid a costly production line stoppage or in the life sciences sector where it can genuinely be a matter of life or death.

“In line with our ambition to become a top-tier player in global supply chain management, Norbert Dentressangle is continually expanding its range of expertise, services and solutions and the launch of the time critical business unit is just the latest example of this.”

Annual turnover of Air & Sea activity within Norbert Dentressangle in 2014 was €206 million and the division currently employs around 800 colleagues across 56 offices in 14 countries on three continents. 

Norbert Dentressangle provides a complete range of air and ocean freight and customs management services, offering cost-effective, reliable and flexible door-to-door solutions to help clients manage their international flows. Norbert Dentressangle has particular expertise in aerospace, chemicals, luxury goods, the management of major cargo projects and for its proficiency in customs engineering, notably on the Europe-Russia and China-USA trade lanes.

Norbert Dentressangle is an international player in logistics, transport and air & sea freight with 43,200 staff and a presence in 25 countries. At 31 December 2014 its turnover was €4.67 billion, including 60 percent generated outside France. Norbert Dentressangle develops high added value solutions in its three sectors of activity on the European, American, African and Asian continents and places sustainable development at the core of its business.

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Jun 21, 2021

Google and NIST Address Supply Chain Cybersecurity

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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