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Manufacturing cybersecurity specialists LRQA Nettitude help protect the most business-critical assets, such as Intellectual Property (IP) of the world’s major manufacturers.

Manufacturers Have Become Cybersecurity Targets

From automotive to energy providers, engineering to aerospace, manufacturing companies are proving to be susceptible to the latest cyber threats. A recent threat actor report revealed that one-third of all attacks were on manufacturers’ computers (Q1 2017 Kaspersky Labs).

Intellectual Property (IP) Is An Active Target For Hackers

LRQA Nettitude’s research teams noted a pattern of attacks that showed a rise of sophisticated attackers such as cybercrime groups and nation-states. However, research also revealed that the cybercriminals were starting to focus on targeting Intellectual Property (IP), a crucial asset for its manufacturing sector clients and a trend in ransomware attacks.

Examples Of Security Breaches In Manufacturing

  • Bronze Butler criminal group – Cybercriminals such as the Bronze Butler group has reportedly been targeting Japanese critical infrastructure manufacturers since 2012. Similar criminal activity has also been recorded within the Korean electronics manufacturing community to steal IP and blueprints.
  • ThyssenKrupp AG breach – German steel production manufacturers ThyssenKrupp AG also reported a successful attack on its technical trade secrets.

What Can Manufacturers Do To Protect Themselves Against Cyber Attacks?

1. Acknowledge The Threat Is Real

Make cybersecurity a business priority. If you do not want to fall victim to the imminent risk of cybercriminals, and risk loss of production time and critical IP such as blueprints, confidential data, secret formulas or bespoke processes then cybersecurity must feature high on your agenda and become an executive board-level priority.

2. Invest In Securing Your Network(s)

Risk assess critical networks. Failure to secure old systems and critical infrastructures such as is a ticking time bomb to a cyber attack. Short-term disruption to production could harm the organisation’s ability to operate and fulfil orders. However, long-term it could devastate the organisation and your brand.

3. Engage Expert Security Consultants

Create a cybersecurity strategy. Work with security specialists that have expertise in your industry such as LRQA Nettitude to advise and help you devise an actionable cybersecurity strategy and plans that address advanced threats without obstructing operations where it is possible.

Reduce risk through automation. A suggestion would be to manage processes through automation or artificial intelligence rather than physically adding to the infrastructure. By taking this approach, you are reducing your scope and the complexity of the environment where possible to better manage your risks.

Budget accordingly.Allocate enough budget and resources to implement your plans.

NIST framework.Ensure your plan considers the NIST cybersecurity framework for manufacturing where appropriate.

LRQA Nettitude Can Help Your Manufacturers Organisation Become Cyber Secure

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Why Partner With Cybersecurity Firm LRQA Nettitude?

Mitigate Cyber Risk

LRQA Nettitude helps its clients to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals, giving a first-line cyber defence and response to all types of incident, and resilience to stand up to cyber-attacks. It also encourages intelligence sharing amongst the finance industry, and sophisticated testing to mitigate an organisations risk of a breach or an attack at every level.

LRQA Nettitude’s Cyber Credentials

As a trusted member of CREST and one of the world’s first accredited CBEST testing and intelligence partners for the Bank of England, you can be sure that you are in the most capable hands.

Research & Development

Through its research and development (R&D) as well as active client work, LRQA Nettitude’s dedicated R&D team analyses and studies threat actor behaviour, gaining greater insight into the specific threat landscape within the financial sector. It regularly shares its latest findings in PERCEPTION, LRQA Nettitude’s quarterly report of cyber activity within the financial industry across the world. Its’ researchers also release financial whitepapers on the effects of cyber relating to the finance industry through topics such as Bitcoin and SWIFT. You can also access LRQA Nettitude’s latest Zero-day discoveries through LRQA Nettitude Labs and subscribe to receive LRQA Nettitude’s most recent findings as they are publically released.

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