May 30, 2018
Supply Chain in the Software Era
By Beau Woods and Andy Bochman
As the energy sector has become more globalized and increasingly complex in its reliance on software components, the supply-chain risk has evolved and expanded. One such risk that stands out is unintended taint, namely flaws in software components unintentionally built into products in design or implementation. Unintended taint may lead to unintended supply-chain subversion, and represents a significant and credible threat to the uninterrupted functionality of critical infrastructure within the energy sector. In this issue brief, we outline a taxonomy for understanding certain energy sector risks and provide concrete recommendations for policy makers and the private sector.
This issue brief is part of a partnership between the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and Saab North America.Read the Publication (PDF)