Given the ongoing – and often high-profile – stream of news coverage, it’s hardly surprising that cybersecurity has become an important issue for manufacturing leaders. While the risks to industrial environments are not new, there’s a reason why security has become such a focal topic. Manufacturing operations typically advance slowly, yet cyber attackers move with great speed, adopting new tactics and techniques while always capitalising on ways of scaling their activities.
While ‘faster’, more digitally centred sectors, such as IT, e-commerce and fintech, have been nimbler in protecting their systems and networks against risks, many manufacturers are still playing catch up. Like the slowest gazelle in the herd, leaders in the sector realise they must move faster if they are to outpace potential predators.
For industrial leaders, it’s vitally important to be cognisant of how strongly their organisation’s security approach compares with their peers and take action to reduce the risk of falling prey.
Taking a Holistic Approach
Leaders need to take a wide-lens approach to their cyber defence. Any organisation is only as secure as its weakest link and it only takes one vulnerability to leave the network open to a broad range of potential attacks. Threats emerge from a variety of sources, ranging from simple employee errors to an unsecured network, meaning that no area can be ignored.