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New resource to help firms improve supply chain cybersecurity
Given the wide range of threats facing businesses in the digital age, one of the big focuses for many supply chain risk management professionals is likely to be cybersecurity.

In a bid to help organisations meet this challenge, Cyber Essentials, a government scheme supported by industry, has launched The Cyber Highway. This online portal is designed to help large enterprises strengthen cyber defences within their supply chains, while supporting companies of all sizes as they try to improve their cyber resilience.

One of the features of the system allows enterprise firms to conduct real-time monitoring of the progress their suppliers are making en route to Cyber Essentials certification.

The Cyber Highway can help businesses defeat up to 80 per cent of common online threats and is the only solution that can simultaneously handle large numbers of organisations seeking certification under the Cyber Essentials scheme.

Over 300 supply chain companies from the retail and technology sectors are being incorporated into the platform and a high street bank has also been signed up as a customer.

Lord David Blunkett, former home secretary and chairman of Cyber Essentials, said the UK’s partners and potential partners around the world should have complete confidence that the country is “taking all possible steps to ensure we are securing our economy as the place to do business”, especially after the vote to leave the European Union.

“It is more important than ever … for businesses to hold an internationally accepted certification, as competition increases and an extra level of cyber resilience is required,” said Lord Blunkett.

“That is why taking steps to secure our supply chain is critical. Critical economically and essential in terms of protecting the national infrastructure of the country, as well as the protection of our own personal data and information.”