Cybersecurity Services for Manufacturers
How Threat Actors are Targeting Manufacturers
Threat actors target manufactures through unpatched systems, phishing, removable media and more. The same threats that affect your organization’s traditional IT systems, can also affect the equipment on the manufacturing floor. While many manufacturers are updating systems with new technology there are still key manufacturing systems that utilized old technology and those systems are potentially vulnerable.
Once a threat actor is in a network, it is easy for them to gain access to sensitive IP data, supplier information, customer information, purchasing, and operational equipment. This is why it’s critical that manufacturers are aware of the vulnerabilities of their suppliers, vendors, and partners.
Through email phishing, ransomware attacks, and network vulnerabilities, threat actors can cause operational disruptions that can lead to the loss of sensitive data, equipment malfunctions, unplanned downtime, in addition to organization being held hostage by ransomware.
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Ransomware Attacks on the Manufacturing Industry
The Manufacturing industry has the highest rate of cyber attacks worldwide across all industries.
Threat actors are increasingly targeting both small and large manufactures due to several reasons:
- The interconnectivity of manufacturing to other industries. Threat actors are aware that hitting one key manufacturer could cause ripples across many other organizations.
- Operational stressors that have been aggravated by the pandemic.
- Security gaps that exist in production systems due to performance and safety being priorities when these systems were developed, not security.
- Manufacturers have a low tolerance for downtime due to how drastically it can affect the business. Learn how Blue Team Alpha helps clients recover from ransomware attacks faster by checking out some of our most interesting cyber attack cases.
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How Can Manufacturers Avoid Cyber Risk?
Secure Traditional IT Systems and Operational Technology (OT)
It’s critical that manufacturers implement cybersecurity programs to protect more than just traditional IT systems. Cybersecurity programs in manufacturing should also protect the operational technology (OT) that enables manufacturing operations.
Partner With Cybersecurity Experts
This added layer of necessary cybersecurity can put a strain on already lean IT teams, leading to vulnerabilities and risks for the entire organization. However, by partnering with cybersecurity experts, like Blue Team Alpha, IT teams can focus on keeping day to day operations running while the cybersecurity experts ensure that vulnerabilities are managed.
What is Operational Technology?
Operational Technology (OT) is the collection of equipment, processes, and systems that interact with the physical enviroment. In manufacturing, OT typically includes, IoT enabled equipment, software, hardware, industrial control systems, machinery, assembly lines, distributed control systems (DCS), SCADA, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and Modbus.