The extended enterprise ecosystem: A growing threat

The benefits of a diverse, interconnected supply chain are compelling. Agility, speed, and cost reduction all weigh on the positive side of the equation, prompting businesses to pursue close, collaborative relationships with vendors, often numbering in the hundreds or thousands.

On the negative side is the Pandora’s box of cyber risk, opened when enterprises expose their networks to third parties. In our modern interconnected working world, most businesses have an extended ecosystem of partners and it only takes one of those to have cyber security vulnerabilities to bring a business to its knees. The challenge facing today’s enterprise is working out which one!