As manufacturers continue to modernize their operations, deciding what processes can be automated and introducing new technology onto the shop floor, they’re also opening themselves up to increased cybersecurity threats.
A recent survey by Chicago-based Sikich LLP found that more than half of nearly 100 manufacturing and distribution executives who responded admitted to experiencing an information security event in the past year. The top three types of attacks involved email phishing scams (74%), unemployment fraud (34%) and ransomware (8%).
Kevin Bong, a director on the cybersecurity team at Sikich, said attackers are targeting small manufacturers now more than ever. Almost all of these attacks are ransomware and similar cyber-extortion.