Unique Cybersecurity Challenges Facing Manufacturers

Manufacturers have their own unique challenges in terms of cybersecurity. They have SCADA systems, CNC machines plugged into the internal network, and control systems that run machinery and are also on the network. Other industries are mainly concerned with protecting workstations, servers, and network equipment. In manufacturing, there is a whole plethora of other devices that now need to be in-scope for security assessments.

​Then there’s the threat to intellectual property. The FBI estimates that $400 billion worth of IP leaves the U.S. each year.

Even if a manufacturer doesn’t store medical data (HIPAA), or credit card data (PCI), the cost of downtime alone should be a reason to take a hard look at cybersecurity, particularly having a current, tested incident response plan in place.