Cybercrime is constantly evolving. If you are a manufacturer, it is crucial to understand cybersecurity dangers and adopt the best strategies to address them. In this post, we have rounded some of the common threats so that you can adequately prepare to prevent and counter them when they inevitably attack your system.
Phishing
No matter the size or nature of your manufacturing organization, phishing is a constant threat that has refused to go away. Despite being one of the oldest threats, cybercriminals prefer it because it is relatively easy to execute and causing the harm they want.
To carry phishing attacks, criminals prefer the tools that your manufacturing workers regularly use, most probably multiple times during the day, such as email. Then, they send malicious emails, making them look as trustworthy as possible. The aim is to make the recipient believe that the email is reliable so that he/she can click the provided link or download an attachment. Once you download the attachment, the malware is planted in your computer.
While some people think that they can easily identify phishing emails, criminals are becoming very sophisticated and will easily imitate what you regularly get from authoritative sources. Therefore, it is paramount to ensure you regularly train employees on how to spot phishing emails.
Ransomware
Ransomware is one of the most dangerous threats, and it is becoming very common today. In 2017, ransomware variants, including WannaCry, NotPetya, and Locky, attacked major institutions across Europe, causing heavy losses to the affected institutions. But how do these attacks work?
Ransomware attacks usually start as phishing emails and only execute when an unsuspecting employee downloads an attachment from the cybercriminals. Then, the ransomware creeps in, encrypting an organization’s data and probably extending to the entire network. Finally, the criminals demand that you pay a ransom to get the decryption code. If you do not, they destroy it.
To protect your organization from ransomware, it is important to install an elaborate cybersecurity system in your manufacturing system. More importantly, you should have cold storage for your organization’s data.
Supply Chain Attacks
Many are the times when manufacturers work with specific vendors, suppliers, or distributors who help with marketing. It is considered a good method of promoting specialization so that the manufacturer can focus on product development and the partners in the supply chain on marketing. However, these supply chains have become common points of weakness and target by cybercriminals.
In supply chain attacks, hackers target gaining access to your partners in the supply chain to get access to your data and system. Then, they steal data and cause harm to your organization. To manage this risk, it is paramount to be extra careful about who you share organization data with.
Manufacturing organizations face numerous threats today, and understanding them provides you with the best opportunity to craft a strong protection system. Remember to review the effectiveness of the cybersecurity system regularly and train staff on emerging threats.