In 2022, Expect More Supply Chain Pain and Changing Security Roles

If 2021 was the Year of Supply Chain Pain, 2022 will be the Year of Supply Chain Chronic Pain (or something worse than pain). This past year, the pain was felt in two significant ways: through the supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19, and through the many security breaches that we saw in our key IT suppliers.

Many organizations have been caught off guard by the pervasive and long lasting repercussions of the supply chain crunch from COVID-19, exacerbating other supply chain bottlenecks further downstream and causing headaches for consumers and missed revenue targets for major corporations. These disruptions are expected to continue through 2022 and beyond. In a similar way, we should see pervasive and long-lasting repercussions from the many supply chain security breaches that we suffered through in the last 12 months.

We saw how the attacks against SolarWinds and Accellion (both discovered towards the end of 2020), the compromise of Microsoft Exchange shortly thereafter, and the compromise of Codecov were just a launching pad for subsequent attacks against those who were dependent upon these providers. Throughout 2021, we saw a constant drumbeat of bad news on this front, and ENISA predicts that we may see four times the number of attacks in 2021 than we

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