Is improving cybersecurity at the top of your New Year's resolution list? Perhaps it should be.
According to "Cyber Risks in Advanced Manufacturing," a report from the consulting firm Deloitte and the industry association Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), 39 percent of manufacturers that responded to a survey had experienced a cybersecurity breach in the past year. Additionally, nearly half of surveyed executives acknowledged that they were not fully confident that their organization's assets were protected from external threats.
The report, which is based on 35 interviews with industry executives and 225 responses to an online survey, looks at the current state of cybersecurity among manufacturers, emerging risks, and leading strategies for addressing cybersecurity.
The report argues that manufacturers are particularly vulnerable to cybersecurity threats because they are implementing new and emerging technologies, such as sensors, "smart" products, analytics, and the Internet of Things, at a pace that has never previously been seen. These technologies will create many new and complex security risks that manufacturers have not dealt with before.
Some of the study's suggestions for improving cybersecurity include:
This well organized, 53-page report provides solid, clearly written advice that can be applied even to companies outside of manufacturing. Go to www.mapi.net/forecasts-data to download this and other MAPI reports.