How to Stop ‘Force Multiplier’ Tactics from Hitting Your Supply Chain

| March 6, 2020

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In 2019, threat actors began increasingly targeting third-party service providers including trusted partners and links in supply chains relied on by government agencies because they serve as a force multiplier in attacking organizations at scale. While the promise of less stringent security protocols was once the main draw toward third-party access, the 2019 CrowdStrike Services Cyber Front Lines Report found that threat actors also use this strategy to embolden the reach and tenacity of attack.

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