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Software Supply Chain Attacks To Cost The World $60 Billion By 2025

Damages predicted to grow by 15 percent year-over-year through 2031

In the era of DevOps – fast and continuous development – you simply cannot secure software from the outside”
— Guy Podjarny, founder of Snyk
SAUSALITO, CALIF., USA, October 3, 2023 / -- Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that the global annual cost of software supply chain attacks to businesses will reach a staggering $138 billion by 2031, up from $60 billion in 2025, and $46 billion in 2023, based on 15 percent year-over-year growth.

Instead of directly focusing attacks on an end-user target, hackers are compromising weak links in existing software supply chains to wreak havoc, leading to some of the most prominent cybersecurity incidents and data breaches of recent years.

“Managing supply chain risk is still one of the, if not the biggest, problem for CISOs,” says Philip Reitinger, president and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance, former SVP and CISO at SONY, and former deputy chief, Computer Crime Section, at the U.S. Department of Justice. “It’s the greatest area of unmanaged or hard-to-manage risk.”

Gartner predicts that by 2025, 45 percent of organizations worldwide will have experienced attacks on their software supply chains, a three-fold increase from 2021.

“In the era of DevOps – fast and continuous development – you simply cannot secure software from the outside,” says Guy Podjarny, founder of Snyk. “Fundamentally, the only way to keep up with the pace of software change is to get developers actually building secure software, and move the security to be where the decision is made.”

While formal interactions between defenders and business leaders are becoming more frequent, according to the World Economic Forum, increased communication and collaboration between developers and security professionals must also become a priority.

Digital transformation, hybrid and remote work, and the escalating threat of cybercrime have forced organizations to rethink how they view security in relation to their software supply chains.

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Malcomb Farber
Cybersecurity Ventures
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