Plant Security
Manufacturing plant cyber security has become a very hot issue lately. The manufacturing industry has become more digitized. Therefore,  it is becoming a newly popular target for cybercriminals. Manufacturers are increasingly vulnerable to attacks that can shut down production. These external threats can affect manufacturers regardless of their size. The U.S. National Center for Manufacturing Sciences estimated that breaches cost manufacturing companies between $1 million and $10 million. These expensive attacks are coming from different points – externally, in the form of malicious nation states, and internally, from careless or intentionally destructive insiders. Learn how you can help keep improve your manufacturing plant cyber security.

Network

Network

IP Addresses on the plant floor need to be protected. Every connection to the Internet is a potential entry point for hackers

Access

Access

Control physical access to the plant floor. Only authorized employees should be permitted on floor, contractors and visitors should be escorted.

Removable Media

Removable Media

Use passwords and encryption on removable media. Do not plug in an unknown USB drive into a computer. Use and maintain security software.

Computers

Computers

Computers should lock automatically after a period of inactivity. A password should be required to regain entry into the computer.

Mobile

Mobile

Mobile devices can be easily exploited and quickly compromised. Your plant should have a security policy in place regarding the use of mobile devices.

Training

Training

Employees should be trained to identify phishing attacks, which often include links to update passwords and gives hackers access to your accounts.

Respond

Respond

Your first line of defense are your employees. Their ability to respond quickly and appropriately to a cyber attack can help mitigate damage.

Printed Materials

Printed Materials

Technical manuals and drawings may contain sensitive information. Make sure all printed materials are protected and properly stored.