The Rise of Misconfiguration and Supply Chain Vulnerabilities

Learn about the rise of cyber attacks caused by misconfigurations and supply chain vulnerabilities, and how companies can proactively protect themselves from data breaches and financial losses. With 95% of misconfigurations caused by organizations themselves, it's crucial to review and update systems regularly, use trusted sources, and train employees on identifying and preventing threats.
March 28th 2023.

In recent years, we have seen a significant increase in the number of data breaches and cyber attacks. One of the main reasons for this is the rise of misconfiguration and supply chain vulnerabilities. These issues can occur when companies fail to properly configure their systems or when they use software and hardware from untrusted sources.

What are Misconfigurations?

Misconfigurations can occur when companies fail to properly set up their systems, leaving them open to attacks. For example, if a company fails to properly configure their firewall, it could leave them vulnerable to hacking. Similarly, if a company fails to properly secure their databases, they could be at risk of data breaches.

What are Supply Chain Vulnerabilities

Supply chain vulnerabilities, on the other hand, occur when companies use software or hardware from untrusted sources. These sources may not have been properly vetted, and as a result, they could contain malware or other security threats. For example, if a company uses a third-party software library that contains a vulnerability, it could leave the company open to attacks. Both misconfigurations and supply chain vulnerabilities can have serious consequences for companies. They can lead to data breaches, which can result in the loss of sensitive information and financial losses. They can also damage a company's reputation, making it difficult for them to attract new customers or retain existing ones.

Recent Report

According to Gartner, 95% of misconfigurations are caused by the organization itself - they are most often deployed during large migration projects as organizations move to cloud platforms, including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform -- to accommodate for distributed workforces, for example. These Lift ‘n’ Shift projects are exposing large datasets by accident, due to insufficient authentication or authorization checks.. These vulnerabilities can then be exploited when malicious actors, who are continuously scanning the internet for misconfigured services, pick up on a signal that indicates a potential weakness in an organization. The criminals then use their tools to try to download the exposed data. To prevent misconfigurations and supply chain vulnerabilities, companies must take a proactive approach to cybersecurity. This means regularly reviewing and updating their systems and software, and only using trusted sources. It also means training employees on how to identify and prevent these types of threats.


The rise of misconfiguration and supply chain vulnerabilities is a major concern for companies. To protect themselves, they must take a proactive approach to cybersecurity and only use trusted sources. By doing so, they can prevent data breaches and protect their reputation. BugBase can help detect misconfigurations in real-time and help companies fix them quickly. By addressing vulnerabilities as they are discovered, companies can reduce the risk of cyberattacks and protect their customers' sensitive data. Additionally, we also provide companies with the tools they need to ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations, further strengthening their security posture

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