A recent IBM study revealed that the manufacturing industry is the second most attacked industry segment. As a result of this, keeping critical IT and OT systems secure can be a challenge. The primary threat is a data breach or leak of intellectual property. However, attackers are now targeting vital services such as supply chains and logistics to further affect companies.
With the introduction for industry 4.0 and smart factories comes a new wave of cyber threats. Cyber criminals are targeting connected devices to interrupt the production line of manufacturing companies. These interruptions can cause large financial and reputation damage. Therefore It is vital that companies consider their manufacturing cyber security a high priority in their risk management plans.
Inadequate cyber security of suppliers within the supply chain can cause a lot of issues. For example, this may mean loss of confidential information, substandard component delivery or delivery delays of component.
The by-product of having a fantastic product is that everyone wants it. As a result of product digitization there is an increased cyber security threat. This could result in a competitive and financial loss is both of a physical and logical nature.
Control System Security
Loss of integrity or availability of control systems in the manufacturing process would lead to manufacturing errors or delays. As a result, this will mean financial or reputation losses to the manufacturer.
As we embark on industry 4.0 there are a lot of emerging threats. For example denial of service or man-in-the-middle scenarios within automation and data exchange manufacturing technologies are becoming more common.