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A 2021 survey by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) found just 12% of businesses reviewed cyber risks from immediate suppliers, while just one in 20 (5%) did so for wider supply chains, down on 9% in 2020.

The UK government is considering setting minimum cyber security requirements in public procurement. The proposal could involve establishing an “assurance mark” to “promote uptake of the expected security standards and enable consistent procurement practices across the government, with security appropriately valued and embedded into decision making.”

The move is among a number of options to address cyber security in supply chains and managed service providers as figures show fewer firms are assessing risk in their wider supply chain.

More on the proposal can be read here on Supply Management.

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