Cybersecurity in Manufacturing
From phishing, IoT, ransomware, supply chain, watering hole attacks, cross-site scripting, drive-by downloads, intellectual property theft, the manufacturing industry is particularly susceptible to attacks. Why? Because it contributes over £6.7 trillion to the global economy.
As an industry, manufacturing is severely underprepared for attacks. A majority of organisations in manufacturing have been the target of a cyber-attack. That does not include organizations who are unaware of their threats, or those who do not report a breach. And over a third of those have been affected financially.
Manufacturing facilities contain machinery that can cause physical injury or death if it malfunctions or is not operated correctly. In the current threat landscape, adversaries aiming to disrupt operations with a cyber-physical attack can create safety risk for onsite employees and even nearby residents and passers-by. In addition, attacks can affect the safety of products produced at a factory, extending the risk over a wide geography.
Productivity and Uptime
Any unplanned interruption in operations can incur significant costs to an organization, and many cyberattacks on manufacturers often aim to cause just such a disruption. Others seek to move laterally within the network once they get in, but the attack can still result in an interruption in operations.
Lack of integration across the different cybersecurity elements and architectural fragmentation increase operational inefficiencies. Without integration, manual tasks such as correlating log reports from different systems and assembling compliance reports waste the time of highly paid cybersecurity professionals and distract from more strategic work.
Securing web properties and social media interactions is paramount for manufacturers, as the loss of data from potential customers in the early stages of the buying cycle could be devastating to a company’s reputation.
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