Manufacturers contribute to a secure economy.
But who keeps manufacturers safe?
Because manufacturers cannot afford to shut down operations, hackers see them as strategic targets for ransomware attacks. Their critical need to avoid shutting down operations makes manufacturers more willing to pay exorbitant ransom fees to get their network and data back. This, along with a lack of investment in cybersecurity, leaves them vulnerable to cyberattacks.
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Manufacturers are strategic targets for more than just hackers
It's not simply cybercriminals that are targeting manufacturing. They're also being targeted by competing companies and rogue nation states engaged in corporate espionage.
"With many companies working remotely and relying more heavily on computer networks to run operations, cyber disruptions and attacks have increased. Manufacturing has been particularly hard hit."
"Most manufacturing executives said cybersecurity threats are beginning to overwhelm their resources."
"According to the United States Department of Homeland Security, based on the number of reported cyber attacks, the manufacturing industry is the second most frequently targeted industry in the United States."