OECD Global Forum on Digital Security for Prosperity

Session 3 – Managed Service Providers (MSPs): the weakest link in the supply chain?

Jul 11, 2024 | 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Session 3


The 2020 attack that leveraged vulnerabilities of the MSP SolarWinds showed how devastating a supply chain attack can be, including through cascading effects affecting other managed service providers down the supply chain, including some of the most well-known cybersecurity firms. This attack also showed that the weakest link is not necessarily the smallest or the least secure partner. MSPs play an increasingly important role in the maintenance and operation of today’s information systems in organisations of all sizes. But at the same time, as MSPs are becoming critical in the supply chain, they are also becoming a prime target for malicious actors. MSPs can turn out to be the weakest point in the chain of security, leading to massive downstream incidents. This session will be an opportunity to discuss the criticality of MSPs and will bring together representatives from public and private organisations.

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