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Cybersecurity and Manufacturing: Challenging Times For Manufacturers
The author, Elisabeth Tolsdorf, is the Direc- tor of NIST SP 800-171 Compliance for Hawk Technologies, a woman-owned firm located in Houghton, Michigan. Hawk is the Upper Midwest’s primary source for NIST SP 800-171 Compliance services. Additional information about NIST SP 800-171 and Hawk’s CAD services capabilities can be found at www.hawktechinc.com.
they target.
Below are three ways your business can
encourage collaboration between IT and oper- ations teams to reduce risks and identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities:
Create an integrated IT/OT Security Gover- nance Body: Appoint a senior leader to be responsible for securing your OT systems.
Evaluate team needs: Ensure that your IT/OT team understands enough about cyber- security and manufac- turing operations in order to identify needs
and gaps.
Create an integrated
framework: Ensure that the teams are effectively collaborat- ing on projects and policies that benefit both sides.
Remember, when everything is connected, everything is vulnerable. The number of Vul- nerability Advisories issued by the Depart- ment of Homeland Security (DHS) for indus- trial control systems has increased from 17 in 2010 to 223 in 2018. In the manufacturing and industrial world, the benefits of those con- nections only come through a responsible and holistic cybersecurity approach. [2]
[1] J. Murphy, Manufacturing and Distribu- tion Report, 2019.
[2] T. Kennedy, “Manufacturing Cyberse- curity”, Chief Executive, October 23, 2019
The manufacturing
threats and growing
vulnerability from
cyberattacks and data
breaches due to their
chronic need for digi-
tal technologies (i.e.,
connected devices in
the Industrial Internet
of Things (IIoT), arti-
ficial intelligence, and
robotics). Because of
the continual focus placed on these technolo- gies, the rules of operations for industrial com- panies have changed. Half of surveyed com- panies have been targeted and been victim to at least one data breach during the past 12 months. [1]
This has created a new dynamic for industri- al companies. Roles and responsibilities for IT and operations teams, traditionally separate, have been increasingly blended as manufac- turers become more automated, connected, and digitized. All of these features provide cyberattackers with another potential route to critical systems and thus, the potential for a more concentrated impact on the businesses
sector faces sustained
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   Because of the continual focus placed on these technologies, the rules of operations for industrial
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