How Toilet Paper Exposes Our Supply Chain Weakness

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Some of you may have been watching the recent developments here in Australia where rumours about large-scale supply disruption would impact our supply of toilet paper.

Toilet paper. Let that sink in.

Goodness help us all when there is a real catastrophe.

It’s exposed one of the more commonly overlooked attack vectors. While we may focus on systems, people, and data, we also need to look at supply chain beyond the critical elements. Most organisations operate on a razor-thin overhead to maximise profit and minimise operating costs, but any disruption to the supply chain can have a massive impact.

It’s proving to be an interesting study. Normally, when there is a threat, people tend to gravitate towards stockpiling food, water, and medicine geared towards survival. In this case, it’s something not necessary for survival and look at how we’re reacting.

Exacerbated by social media and traditional media, we’re at each others’ throats. If I were studying how to subvert a foreign entity, I’d target supply chain (as many would already) but this is proving you don’t have to target critical infrastructure or survival necessities to have a significant impact; simply attack something of lower significance on the supply chain and watch the citizens turn on each other. In the grand scheme, this current situation is very minor but it exposes some flaws.

I find it all quite interesting.

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