Cyber attacks take industrial sabotage to a whole new level. As more and more manufacturers integrate complex technology tools into their production cycles, relying on everything from complex databases to widespread use of wireless, their IT infrastructures become increasingly complex and strategically vital.
Attacks that disable or interrupt manufacturing are only one part of the problem. Silent attacks aimed at harvesting intellectual property from servers or individual computers can be equally devastating, especially when that information winds up in the hands of counterfeiters or competitors.
Developing a sound risk management platform and assessing security is an important part of keeping operations running and maintaining alignment between business goals and technology systems.