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Overview

Transport and logistics companies extensively rely on digitalization tools to streamline all processes.

Informatization and automation tools are used not only in internal information systems (for example, for automating warehouse inventory management, shipment, and delivery) but also for automatizing vehicle management.

Modern vehicles, such as trains and ships, increasingly depend on various information and communication systems to navigate, track nearby vessels, airplanes, or trains, monitor vehicle status or communicate with traffic control.

Another tool that is widely used by transport and logistics companies is electronic signatures. They enable digital document management (processing waybills and consignment notes), mitigating the risks related to the use of forged papers. Electronic signatures can be used for interactions both with domestic and international companies.

Yet, despite business process enhancement, the rise of automation and informatization has a dark side as it makes corporate infrastructure more vulnerable to cyberattacks. Attackers may seek financial gain or engage in cyberterrorism.

A distinctive feature of information systems used in transport and logistics is their wide geographical footprint with certain system components installed on vehicles. Businesses in this sector also actively rely on special-purpose technical tools designed for streamlining transport operations.

That said, all companies operating in the transport and logistics sector share several major threats related to cybersecurity.

  • Threats related to unauthorized access to the critical components of transport infrastructure. Transport and logistics companies use navigation and vehicle control technology solutions. These tools are integrated with automated process control systems and may be used as part of the Internet of things. Since IoT objects are quite vulnerable to cyberattacks, they may pose an additional threat.
  • High costs related to management of remote certificates and tokens. Approaches to managing public key infrastructure have not changed much over the past 10 years. The use of automation and optimization tools is limited, and many operations are still being handled manually at the local level. Due to the wide geography of transport information systems, companies incur additional costs that may outweigh the benefits of electronic document management.
  • Failure to comply with password management requirements at remote sites. There are special accounts used for interactions with the transport infrastructure and transport management tools. In most cases, such accounts are protected by passwords only. Without automation tools, the requirements related to password management, including password strength and regular changes, are largely disregarded.

Most attacks aimed at gaining access to corporate IT infrastructure target access control systems, in particular, the subsystem responsible for identification, authentication, and access control.

Indeed Identity solutions can help address the following tasks relevant for transport and logistics companies:

  • Strong authentication to protect access to critical IT infrastructure components: (Indeed Access Manager and Indeed Key).
  • Protect remote access to public resources by using mandatory strong authentication tools (Indeed Access Manager and Indeed Key).
  • Automate and optimize the administration of public key infrastructure (PKI) components, including management of digital certificates and PKI tokens (Indeed Certificate Manager).
  • Manage password requirements and monitor password use across all elements of remote transport IT infrastructure (Indeed Access Manager and Indeed Privileged Access Manager)

Indeed Identity offers reliable solutions to protect your organization from diverse cybersecurity threats. Indeed Identity products incorporate a wide range of tools designed to protect and safely manage user access. In addition, our solutions can save cybersecurity experts’ time and boost their efficiency.

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