A secure supply chain is a critical piece of cloud native security, and it can be tricky to get right because it covers such a broad expanse of factors from code to pipelines and beyond.

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The breadth of the supply chain also makes it vulnerable, and according to a survey from Security Magazine, 91% of organizations experienced attacks in 2023. The top three types of attacks were exploited vulnerabilities or misconfigurations, stolen secrets, and data breaches. The reverberations of a supply chain attack go far beyond the organization and include reputational damage, loss of revenue, and even legal liability. In fact, IBM’s 2023 “Cost of a Data Breach” survey found attackers cost organizations worldwide an average of $4.45 million, which is a 15% increase over the last three years. 

Not surprisingly 51% of survey respondents told IBM their organizations were planning to increase spending on security.

So, no matter where your organization is on the journey to a more secure supply chain, taking extra steps is never a bad idea. Our Security Technical Advisory Group has created a series of questions teams can ask to dig deeper. The framework is divided into four areas: source code, materials, build pipelines, and artefacts and deployments.

Start by verifying the source code, asking questions including: 

Next, verify materials:

Make certain the build pipelines are protected:

And finally, protect artefacts and deployments

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