Many processes in manufacturing are dependent on one another, and theres often a complex web of systems and equipment linking everything together. From raw materials or parts to equipment for production and distribution, the number of processes and logistics to keep things on schedule can be overwhelming. And a single compromised component can bring operations to a grinding halt.
Hackers know this, which makes manufacturers a great target. One successful attack could cost millions in lost revenue and give a threat actor the notoriety they’re looking for. This is a particularly big risk because supply chains are vast some manufacturers have tens of thousands of suppliers which gives hackers even more opportunities to compromise your systems and processes.
Using smart machinery, though fantastic for speed and production levels, also creates more opportunities for attackers. And, as more back office staff work remotely, unsecured networks could cause problems, too. Theres a lot to be aware of and keep up to date as processes and the way we work change.