NCSC creates new cyber security training packages

The National Cyber Security Centre has developed a series of free e-learning packages to help organisations manage cyber security risks across their supply chains.

The two new e-learning packages aim to help procurement specialists, risk owners and cyber security professionals to effectively manage risks across their third party relationships. The packages have been designed to accompany the NCSC’s existing guidance on ‘mapping your supply chain’ and ‘gaining confidence in your supply chain cyber security’.

The training, which can be accessed online via the NCSC website’s supply chain mapping e-learning section, is free to use, and includes knowledge checks. The packages include guidance on supply chain mapping and how it can benefit and organisation, the role and risks of sub-contractors that your suppliers may use, and how to take practical steps to assess cyber security throughout the supply chain.

Ian McCormack, NCSC deputy director for government, said: “Cyber attacks resulting from vulnerabilities within the supply chain can result in devastating, expensive and long-term ramifications for affected organisations, their supply chains and their customers. But despite these risks, many companies lose sight of their supply chains. In fact, according to the DSIT 2023 Security Breaches Survey, just over one in ten businesses review the risks posed by their immediate suppliers (13%), and the proportion for the wider supply chain is half that figure (7%).”

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