Carriers, logistics companies and third-party logistics providers need to be aware of the black boxes and be aware that they are being monitored, according to a report by DSI logistics.
The report from the International Logistics Management Association (ILMA) was released today, and it recommends the companies use a monitoring system called “black box protection”, to make sure that it does not trigger a security breach or compromise the confidentiality of the data that they hold.
“Companies should monitor their network security posture, make sure their system is fully configured to block remote access, and take measures to secure their network, including a firewall, to prevent malicious traffic from accessing and decrypting the data stored on the network,” said the report, released by the ILMA.
The use of black boxes to monitor data could lead to a breach or a loss of confidential information if there are too many data sources, said ILMA chief executive Michael O’Neill.
“The black box is a tool that is very useful, and I think it is a powerful tool for those who are looking to keep their data secure,” O’Neil told RTÉ News.
“It can be a great tool for companies that are in the business of delivering services to the public and the private sector.
But it’s not as great a tool for a company that’s in the logistics business.”ILMA said that the use of a black box should be “preferably as part of a monitoring strategy”.”
In this case, it is the blackbox that can be the real deterrent,” said O’Brien.”
Black boxes can be useful for securing the data and the systems that they’re connected to.
It can be used for authentication and data retention, so that it’s protected from malicious access,” he added.
The black boxes that are required to provide data protection are connected to the internet through a centralised, secure connection and can be monitored through an internet protocol (IP) address, IP protocol (AP), a port number, a username and a password.
A black box can be connected to any of the four main types of infrastructure: the main network, the data centre, the IT infrastructure, and the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).
The blackbox can be configured to only log data on specific times and in specific ways.
“Data protection and confidentiality must be maintained by all parties to the data protection and that includes third parties, which include the carriers, logistics firms and third party providers,” said IRMA in its report.
The ILMA recommended that companies monitor their systems to prevent any data breaches or to block traffic to the blackboxes.
The organization also recommended that black boxes be used in conjunction with a firewall to protect data that is stored on their network.
“In the case of a breach, if the breach is limited to one or a few carriers, it could result in loss of confidentiality or loss of data,” said ILma.
In the report published today, IRMA also said that it recommends that companies and carriers adopt a common approach to black box protection, that includes monitoring systems to detect breaches and monitoring systems and infrastructure to prevent the unauthorized access of data.
“A common approach would be to provide a monitoring and protection plan for all data sources and to develop a common framework for managing the use and protection of all data in the future,” said Mr O’Reilly.
“This framework could also include a requirement for third-parties to be part of the monitoring and control process,” he said.
“There are also a number of measures that should be taken to ensure that the data on a blackbox is not accessed by unauthorized parties and that there are measures to prevent data breaches,” said John O’Connor, chief executive of IRMA.