CYBER SECURITY FOR MANUFACTURERS
Manufacturing cyber security specialists Nettitude help protect the most business-critical assets, such as IP or intellectual property of the world’s major manufacturers.
Manufacturers have become
cyber security 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
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 electronic manufacturing community with the goal 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 cyber security 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 cyber security 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 fulfill orders. However, long-term it could devastate the organisation and your brand.
3. Engage expert security consultants
Create a cyber security strategy. Work with security specialists that have expertise in your industry such as Nettitude to advise and help you devise an actionable cyber security 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.
Nettitude can help your manufacturing organisation become cyber secure
Explore our related cyber services for manufacturing clients.
CBEST Testing & Intelligence – sophisticated led assurance testing
Red Teaming – goal-oriented penetration testing
Social Engineering – exploit human weaknesses found in the organisation
Penetration Testing – evaluate the security of your system(s)
Web Application Testing – assess applications for potential bugs before going live
Incident Response – address & manage the aftermath of a security breach or attack
PCI DSS – accept, process, store or transmit credit card information in a secure environment
ISO27001 – address requirements for an information security management system
Security Audit – analyze your IT infrastructure, exposing weaknesses & high-risk practices
Managed Security – outsource your network security services to cyber security experts
Managed Detection & Response – improve your ability to detect & respond to threats
Cyber Security Strategy & Planning – create a board-level InfoSec strategy & plan
Security Training – deliver security awareness training for key business stakeholders such as employees
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Why partner with cyber security firm Nettitude?
Mitigate cyber risk
Nettitude helps its clients to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals, giving a first line cyber defense 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.
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, Nettitude’s dedicated R&D team analyzes and studies threat actor behavior, gaining greater insight into the specific threat landscape within the financial sector. It regularly shares its latest findings in PERCEPTION, 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 Nettitude’s latest Zero-day discoveries through Nettitude Labs and subscribe to receive Nettitude’s most recent findings as they are publically released.