Cyber-Crime putting the Manufacturing industry at risk

In 2019 Norsk Hydro, the Norwegian aluminium and renewable energy company, shut several metal extrusion and rolled products plants due a LockerGoga cyber attack, forcing them to ultimately switch to fully manual running. LockerGoga hit numerous industrial and manufacturing firms with likely catastrophic consequences, including Momentive and Hexion. – Wired

Accounting for over 10% of the UK economic output, the UK is one of the world’s largest manufacturers, ranking 9th globally by the World Bank. However, Manufacturing is the 3rd most likely sector to be attacked, nearly half of manufacturers have been the victim of cyber-crime, and do not have the correct tools to combat an attack.

Businesses in the manufacturing industry are always looking for ways to increase output, productivity and efficiency. Automation and digitisation are key to automate manual processes, utilise resources effectively, and process vast amounts of data. This drive for efficiency, scale and flexibility has further promoted the convergence of Operational Technology (OT) with enterprise technology and the Internet of Things (IOT).

Production units continue to connect physical infrastructure to the digital world, bringing new vulnerabilities. New attack vectors are now a real concern. As cyber attacks increase in complexity and number, so does your need for a 24×7 security platform, designed specifically for Operational Technology.

Safety, efficiency, and availability, are clearly priority physical risks associated within any manufacturer. Traditional enterprise cyber security technology was never designed to protect interfaces in the physical world like Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Industrial Control Systems (ICS), and Distributed Control Systems (DCS).

With the increase in suppliers being able to login remotely to support production, increased digitisation and connectivity, the traditional security standards like designing an Airgap are no longer enough. Generic security products can be used to gather high-level production data and monitor general activity, but alone have limited ability to protect the physical machinery.

Fundamentals First have taken an industry standard, Operational Technology platform and combined it with an enterprise Security Operations Centre (SOC). Not only can we offer you state of the art protection within your manufacturing plant, but we can also patch, monitor, and proactively hunt security issues across your desktop, server and network estate.

To see more about how Fundamentals first can help help protect the manufacturing sector from cyber-crime get in touch or visit our website

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