Deloitte Survey Finds Manufacturers Highly Vulnerable to Cyber-Threats

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-11-16

Cyber-threats are a concern for companies in any industry around the world. But a recent study by Deloitte’s Center for Industry Insights reported that the manufacturing industry “is particularly vulnerable to cyber-risks.” Its study, which includes interviews with 35 manufacturing executives and 225 survey responses from industry executives, shows that cyber-security threats are especially worrisome in manufacturing. When a malicious party successfully hacks an organization—something that’s happening far too often—the affected companies could face millions of dollars in losses. In the manufacturing industry, that means millions of dollars of lost production and revenue. What’s worse, executives reported they don’t have the right people to protect their networks and data from cyber-attacks and, in many cases, they’re ill-prepared to defend against potential security breaches. As a result, the manufacturing industry has a particularly urgent need to build up its cyber-defenses. This slide show will discuss the key findings from the Deloitte survey to explain why.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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