May 17, 2020

SAGE ERP and Datalinx seal Africa and Middle East Distribution Deal

warehouse solutions
Warehouse Software
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SAGE ERP and Datalinx seal Africa and Middle East Distribution Deal
Stay Connected! Follow @SupplyChainD and @SamJermy on Twitter.SAGE ERP Africa has signed a distribution agreement with Datalinx which will see a range o...

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SAGE ERP Africa has signed a distribution agreement with Datalinx which will see a range of integrated warehouse solutions made available for customers across Africa and the Middle East.

Keith Fenner, Senior Vice President Sales at Sage ERP Africa said:  “Our relationship with Datalinx will enable customers to implement a market-leading ERP warehousing solution, which streamlines their process and maximises the potential for efficiency.”

It has been agreed that the proposed solutions will enable provide significant savings alongside operational benefits to warehousing, manufacturing and mobility.

Based in the United Kingdom, Datalinx specialises in providing complete end-to-end warehouse management solutions integrated with Sage ERP X3 and warehouse operations.

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With over 25 years of experience and 400 Sage sites, the company can cater for a variety of industries including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail and beverage processing.

Sage ERP partners across Africa and the Middle East will now be able to provide Sage ERP X3 customers with the latest in warehouse management systems using the Datalinx Warehouse Manager X3 application.

The Datalinx Warehouse Manager X3 application is designed to deliver key warehousing functionalities without compromising Sage ERP X3 system at the core of the business. It sports extended features including work flow management, GS1 and wireless connectivity.

The high degree of specialisation of Datalinx software for Sage ERP X3 makes it ideally suited to the two regions, as it enables multi-company, multi-country, multi-currency and multi-legal operations. This distribution represents a vital step to enhancing the warehouse capabilities of Africa and the Middle East as their economies continue to grow.

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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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