The manufacturing industry is replacing analog with digital in order to remain competitive. This makes cybersecurity a priority for the industry. The cyber threats brought forward by this technology-driven industrial revolution could potentially become major barriers in the business growth. Finding out the areas which hackers exploit the most id equally important as having a strategic cybersecurity approach. The areas that are most exposed to threats are
1. The Supply Chain
The supply chain of small and medium-sized business have stretched globally connected by the world wide web. This scale has created more opportunities for hackers havoc in their systems and services. The majority of the companies do not have full visibility of their supply chain or a process for assessing the cybersecurity of the third party providers with which they share data or networks. Proper appraising of supply chain partners and an understanding of how they handle cybersecurity will help moving forward in implementation. There are general information security standards for supplier relationships put forth by the International Organization for Standardization.
2. The Internet of Things
Hackers can use consumer grade products including web cameras, smart speakers or smart plugs, to make a door into a manufacturer's internal system. The consumer grade IoT products may not be forgotten.
Any cybersecurity assessment should involve email safeguarding because there is no other easier way to break into the company's network. Ensure that the email may not play a direct role in the production process. If an employee opens a message with dangerous ransomware can take out sensitive information.
As technologies transform rapidly and more information is shared digitally, it is a challenge to keep pace with the cybersecurity standards. But understanding the areas of pitfalls can help reduce the degree of risks.