This publication and the abstract below was published by Computing Research Association (CRA) on September 2017.  ICIT strongly encourages you to visit the CRA Publication Library to search for additional information security resources which are freely available.

Cybersecurity for manufacturers: Securing the digitized and connected factory

Cyberattacks now regularly make global headlines. While the implications of electronic threats to IT systems, finance, healthcare, and government administration are well-known, there are also very significant and growing—though less well-known—implications for manufacturers. The recent “WannaCry” virus that disabled much of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service also forced a Honda plant in Japan to halt production. In June 2017, more than half of the organizations targeted by the Petya (also known as Expetr) cyberattack were industrial companies.

The scale and variety of cyber-threats to manufacturers have grown considerably in recent years, and now range from rare and sophisticated Stuxnet-style attacks to relatively frequent ransomware risks. In addition to malware attacks on industrial firms, cyberattacks on manufacturers can include efforts to corrupt data, steal intellectual property (IP), sabotage equipment, and disable networks. The purposes and effects of attacks vary widely, but all such incidents cost time and money to industrial firms and their customers.