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Security threats in manufacturing are at the forefront of all business leaders’ concerns. Internal and external attacks have increased due to the competitive nature of the market as well as increased use of technology throughout the industry. While threat of hacking and data breach is rampant, internal security issues are also important to plan for and protect against. A well-balanced security plan, complete with effective implementation and regular checkups, is required for your company’s security to remain top priority.

Today’s article will discuss real and actionable strategies to help you identify security threats and protect against them.

Technology in Manufacturing

The Internet of Things has completely reinvented how the manufacturing industry does business. While it has improved processes and data collection immensely, it has also exposed the manufacturing industry to a number of new vulnerabilities that some businesses have been unprepared for. The increased use of e-commerce as a sales channel, all but required to succeed in a competitive market, has also opened up companies to hacking of intellectual property and loss of customers’ and employees’ personal data. Responsive manufacturers are looking to increase their investment in security in response to these new security issues.

Designing a Security Response

Having a well-planned and effective security plan is necessary to protect your business and the interests of your customers. The nature of security in manufacturing requires a multifaceted approach. Luckily there are a number of things you can do to protect your companies. First and foremost, you need to evaluate your internal and external vulnerabilities.

Internal security measures include protecting against loss of data (accidental or otherwise), corporate espionage, or physical damage to machines or staff. An appropriate health and safety plan will help provide your employees and hardware with the security they need. A full-fledged mobile phone use policy might also be helpful in protecting your interests.

External attacks are important to plan for and protect against as well, especially in response to the growing vulnerabilities of technology. Your response needs to be timely and effective, but proactive protection is even more important. The growth of the Internet of Things in relation to the manufacturing industry has increased the opportunities for hackers to access and steal trade secrets and intellectual property. As such your business needs to have a comprehensive concept of current security standards and regularly test your own security to find cracks in your defenses.

Network vulnerabilities, email attacks, phishing, computer viruses, and other common tools of hackers are all potential sources of security loss for any manufacturing company. Sharing your security strategy with employees and customers can help create a more secure digital environment. Backing up all valuable files and data on an external (to the network) server will also provide your company with a measured response should the worst happen.

Above all, you need to prepare for the worst when it comes to cybersecurity in the industrial sector. Practice good and regular testing to make sure your security features are capable of protecting you when the time comes.

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