1Deloitte Survey Finds Manufacturers Highly Vulnerable to Cyber-Threats
A Deloitte study finds that manufacturers are ill-prepared to defend themselves from cyber-attacks and data breaches, leading to revenue and production losses.
2Manufacturing Industry Executives Lack Confidence in Cyber-Defenses
Top executives at manufacturing companies are extremely concerned about security risks. In fact, nearly 50 percent of respondents said they aren’t confident they have the technology and know-how to protect their companies from threats.
3They Lack Funding for Security Systems
One of the problems with protecting against threats is having adequate funding. However, 48 percent of executives said they don’t have the cash they need to keep their operations safe from the many threats they face.
4The Biggest Concern is Defending IP Networks
When analyzing the biggest threats they face, 36 percent of executives said that adequately protecting their IP networks is a top concern. Enterprise networks aren’t nearly as safe as executives would want, the executives said.
5Industrial Control Systems are a Particular Worry
Industrial control systems (ICS) are critical to manufacturing activities. However, just 50 percent of companies segment or isolate ICS networks from their standard networks. That translates to 50 percent of companies facing ICS trouble if their standard networks are breached.
6Assessments are Important, but Don’t Always Happen
Assessments can make the difference between a secure network and a breached network. But 31 percent of executives said they’ve never conducted an ICS assessment. What’s more, just half of respondents said they test for ICS vulnerabilities at least once per month.
7Survey Respondents Report Network Breaches
Over the last 12 months, 39 percent of companies that responded said that they had fallen victim to a network security breach. Still, 27 percent of companies don’t include ICS in their incident response plans, according to Deloitte’s study.
8Security Breach Losses Can Mount Up
When a major manufacturing company experiences a breach, the costs are massive. More than a quarter of respondents—about 28 percent—said their breaches cost them between $1 million and $10 million.
9Too Few Companies Conduct War-Gaming Exercises
War gaming gives companies the opportunity to try out different hacking scenarios so they can learn the best way to respond and react quickly. Some security experts say it’s a key component in any security plan. However, just 12 percent of executives said their companies engage in war games.
10Attacks Target Employees
When hackers actually breach manufacturing networks, often they’ll find their way in by targeting employees in phishing attacks, the Deloitte survey shows. A full 40 percent of respondents said the attacks they faced were caused by a hack that targeted employees.
11The Skills Gap is Real
A lack of the right security skills is contributing to security vulnerabilities in the manufacturing industry. Three-quarters of executives said they don’t have the IT resources they need to protect their companies and sidestep threats.