May 17, 2020

Yusen Logistics expands Sydney operations

Yusen Logistics
Australian logistics
Australian warehousin
Admin
2 min
A New Medium-Term Business Plan is unveiled by Yusen Logistics in its annual report
Follow @SamJermy and @SupplyChainD on Twitter.Yusen Logistics Australia has announced that it will open its sixth Sydney warehousing facility this month...

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Yusen Logistics Australia has announced that it will open its sixth Sydney warehousing facility this month. The site is at Greystanes in Western Sydney and is ideally located for all major arterial routes.

The new warehouse, which is dedicated to a major US retailer, consists of 12,500 square metres and will comprise 18,500 pallet locations. Operations will commence immediately.

Yusen Logistics’ Managing Director for Australia, Ian Pemberton said: “This additional facility continues the expansion of our portfolio in line with our three year growth strategy, and demonstrates our commitment to increase the range of international clients to whom we provide supply chain solutions. The capital investment is in excess of $2 million Australian dollars and the facility will employ an additional 25 Yusen staff.”

Yusen Logistics Australia is a leading provider of supply chain and transport solutions with over 26 years of service in Australia and revenues of over $125 million Australian dollars in 2014. The business has 12 offices throughout Australia with 420 people covering international freight forwarding, in-house customs clearance and contract logistics (warehousing and distribution) services.

Yusen Logistics Australia is part of a global network that is nearly 60 years old and has over 16,500 global employees in 469 locations.

Yusen Logistics forms part of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (the NYK Group) which is one of the world’s leading transportation companies. At the end of March 2014, the NYK Group was operating 876 major ocean vessels, as well as fleets of planes, and trucks.

The company’s shipping fleet includes 387 bulk carriers, 119 car carriers, 99 containerships (including semi-containerships), 77 tankers, 48 wood-chip carriers, 67 LNG carriers, three cruise ships, and 76 other ships (including multipurpose and project cargo). The NYK Group’s revenue in fiscal 2013 exceeded $22 billion and it employs about 55,600 people worldwide. The Group is based in Tokyo and has regional headquarters in London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, and Sao Paulo.

For more information on Yusen, please visit: http://www.jp.yusen-logistics.com/eng/news/

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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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