Being manufacturer doesn’t mean that you are safe from cyber criminals of the like that spread attacks like the recent Wannacry ransomware which took down as many as 200,000 machines worldwide.
The truth is that cyber criminals can easily hack their way into your IT infrastructure whether you’re a manufacturing company or now. When they finally gain access to your network, they can take control of your robots or machinery software and then can lock it down to ask ransom in return.
Vulnerabilities are present in nearly all kinds of computer software and there is a very little way of defending yourself from an attack. With the control of a machine, hackers can even change the way they operate. For example, if you’ve set the robot to cut a piece of metal at 2mm, they can control it to cut it at a different angle and dimensions, disrupting your production. This, if left unnoticed can produce highly negative results for you which can convert to massive loss.
So how do you protect yourself from cyber criminals? Experts would say to implement cyber technology at every nook and corner of your network, but the most important part is to introduce a cyber security culture at your manufacturing plant. Don’t forget that most attacks are successful because of human errors. Employees are easy to fool and that is where the hackers are focusing all their energies at. Next time your employee opens an email and clicks on a malicious link, down goes your entire network.
So start by educating your workforce about the threats cybercriminals pose. Teach them how to detect a scam and fight back small attacks. Then go to implementing high-end technology to stop hackers from taking over your machines by passing humans.