Japanese car manufacturer Toyota is the latest big company to be hit by supply chain problems, following one of its suppliers being hit by a cyber attack.
As a result, the company’s plants in Japan have ceased operations for the day, resulting in 13,000 cars being frozen on the manufacturing line.
The delay comes as the company’s supplier of plastic parts and electronic components was hit by a cyber attack. The issue is the latest in a long run of recent incidents of cyber crime. Not only has Toyota been affected by its supplier being hit, but chipmaker Nvidia, US broadband provider Viasat and a host of Ukrainian banks and government offices have also been hit by cyber incidents.
As the amount of cyber crime groups continues to ramp up, now is the time for organisations to act. By ensuring your cyber security policies are in order, you are installing a firm layer of defence against cyber criminals, who are finding new, complex ways to infiltrate businesses.
The alternative? The thousands of cars Toyota will be unable to put together will cost the company plenty of money. This could easily go onto impact your business in an equally costly manner. The cyber security landscape is becoming so dire that the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has offered some advice for businesses, on where to start with their review:
- Patch your systems
- Improve access controls and enable multi-factor authentication
- Implementing an effective incident response plan
- Checking that backups and restore mechanisms are working
- Ensuring that online defences are working as expected
- Keeping up to date with the latest threat and mitigation information