According to the US Department of Homeland Security, the manufacturing industry is the second most targeted industry when you look at the number of reported cyber attacks. Why? Cyber criminals view small and medium-sized manufacturers as prime targets precisely because many of these companies do not have adequate preventative measures in place.
With more than 289,000 small manufacturers in the United States, small manufacturers are a vital part of our nation’s economic and cyber infrastructure. For most small manufacturers, the security of information, systems, and networks is not the highest priority, but a cybersecurity incident can be detrimental to the business, customers, or suppliers. It’s important that manufacturers understand and manage the risk and establish a cybersecurity protocol to protect critical assets.