CYBERSECURITY FOR THE INDUSTRY 4.0 AND MANUFACTURING COMPANIES
Keep control over the safety of your industrial processes and connected equipment.
As the industry is moving towards a Digital Supply Chain (commonly known as Industry 4.0), the risks and the severity of a cyber attack are growing exponentially. These automated systems controlling the supply chain are often assumed to be secure, as they have no direct connection to the internet, but this has proven to be a misconception.
Modern hackers seek to find a weak entry point in one of your Internet-facing systems/networks/clouds/applications which allows them to gain acces to and infect other internal systems, affecting the productivity of your production line – in some cases even halting the production completely. Due to the constant technological evolution of the supply chain, vulnerabilities are often left open and unknown to the development team, whose focus is mainly on improving features and optimizing technological innovations. This is why it is fundamental to regularly test your industrial systems, as well as your internet-facing systems and applications to identify and correct your vulnerabilities before an attacker exploits them.
Cybersecurity Challenges Faced by the Manufacturing Industry
Securing confidential data and proprietary research from industrial espionage.
Maintaining technological innovations and automated systems secure from disruptive cyber attacks.
Educating staff about Cybersecurity risks.
Identifying and Correcting Industrial Control System (ICS) vulnerabilities.
Maintain continuity in the supply chain following a cyberattack
Mitigating cybersecurity risks across the supply chain.
Integrate and secure technological innovations in conjunction with legacy systems.
The Impact of a Cyberattack In the Manufacturing Industry
is still recovering a month after a damaging ransomware which cost over $40 million in direct losses to the company and halted a large percentage of the production over the course of a week. The full impact of the cyber attack has yet to be uncovered, as the company is still recovering systems and encrypted files a month after the breach. The cause of the breach has not been disclosed yet, but specialists in charge of the investigation have confirmed the presence of LockerGoga in the systems - a sophisticated ransomware much harder to detect than traditional ransomware.
This incident demonstrates the importance of regularly testing your detection systems and correcting your vulnerabilities before they are exploited.
Quick Assessment of your Cybersecurity with 7 Questions
How often are security audits carried out on legacy systems and technological innovations?
How regularly are systems and databases backed up in the event of a ransomware attack?
Is there a system in place to detect intrusions?
Is your staff adequately trained on Cybersecurity risks?
How often are Manual Penetration Tests performed on internet-facing systems?
Are there systems in place to prevent sophisticated attacks?
What systems and procedures are in place to mitigate the impact of a cyber attack?
If you could not confidently answer most of these questions, we recommend re-evaluating your systems and procedures in place to mitigate the eventuality of a cyber threat. Whether it’s for the integration of new technologies, the implementation of a new feature or simply to assess the security of your systems that were assumed to be secure, It is fundamental to regularly perform manual penetration tests to identify your risks of being affected by a damaging cyber attack and to correct your vulnerabilities before they are exploited.
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