Threat Intelligence in Manufacturing Industry

Threat Intelligence in Manufacturing Industry

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Manufacturing IndustryThreat intelligence helps security teams at manufacturing firms make better decisions about how and where to invest their resources. Additionally, it also facilitates operational security personnel to swiftly examine through incoming alerts to recognize those that could become more severe threats.

FREMONT, CA: Securing an advanced manufacturing setting against cyberattacks is a difficult task. The invasion of Internet of Things (IoT)/Operational Technology (OT) devices has left most manufacturers with thousands of new endpoints to protect—each with its firmware to fix. With limited security resources at their disposal, businesses cannot protect each device against every possible threat.

Threat intelligence helps security teams at manufacturing firms make better decisions about how and where to invest their resources. Additionally, it also facilitates operational security personnel to swiftly examine through incoming alerts to recognize those that could become more severe threats.

Following are two use cases for threat intelligence:

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1. Recognizing Serious Vulnerabilities

Vulnerability Management (VM), in the past, has not always been the most scientific security discipline. Lacking insight into which weaknesses were most vital, most organizations have treated VM as a numbers game—trying to recognize and fix as much vulnerability as possible. However, with large and complex environments, manufacturers can no longer afford to make this error. Their security teams ought to have a way to identify the most somber vulnerabilities at any given time so they can be mended as a priority.

Threat intelligence facilitates security teams to classify vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited, and those included in exploit kits. With the weaknesses identified and repaired, the risk of negotiation is reduced exponentially.

2. Investing Wisely

These days, most manufacturers assign a much higher volume of resources to cybersecurity than was typical a decade ago. Even so, given the complexity of securing connected IoT or OT environments, resources can quickly become stretched thin.

Threat intelligence assists security leaders in the manufacturing industry in putting up an accurate picture of their enterprise’s threat profile. In turn, the approach enables them to prioritize investments and initiatives based on actual risk, rather than guesswork—ensuring that their limited security resources are employed to maximum effect.

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