Nearly half of manufacturers have been the victim of cyber-crime, with the sector now the third most targeted for attack, according to a new report published today.
This report, published by Make UK and AIG and carried out by The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), pinpoints the susceptibility of manufacturers to cyber risk, revealing that 41 per cent of companies do not believe they have access to enough information to even assess their true cyber risk. And 45 per cent feel that they do not have access to the right tools for the job.
Cyber threat is holding back companies from investing in digital technologies, with a third of those surveyed nervous of digital improvement. Moreover, a worryingly large 12 per cent of manufacturers admit they have no technical or managerial processes in place to even start assessing the real risk. One of the easiest forms of cyber-attack comes through poorly protected office systems, often the first implemented historically within manufacturing businesses.
The report looks at a number of real-life examples, including two where production systems were infiltrated and severely disrupted after hackers gained access to their IT systems by initially hacking into unprotected office software, used to keep HR and admin records.