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But cost is still the biggest barrier to putting in place proper protection measures
Half of manufacturers have been victim of cyber-crime in the last year
63% faced losses of up to £5,000 with almost a quarter (22%) revealing a cost to their business of between £5,000 and £25,000
50% of businesses say cyber security has become a higher priority since the start of the pandemic
61% of companies now have a board director responsible for cyber security
(43%) of manufacturers have been asked by a customer or supplier to demonstrate or guarantee the robustness of their cyber-security while one in five have themselves asked customers or suppliers to demonstrate the robustness against cyber attack
More than half of manufacturers (59%) cited cost as the biggest barrier to becoming more cyber secure
62% of UK automotive suffered a cyber-attack in the last year, with its lucrative IP making it an attractive target
Our new report, Cyber Resilience – The Last Line of Defence, shows that the pandemic catapulted cyber security to the forefront of boardroom agendas. Almost overnight companies that were forced to switch to remote production, remote monitoring of equipment with staff working from home on hastily supplied laptops, realised just how much their vulnerability had increased. Some 50% of manufacturers said that cyber security has become a higher priority since the start of the Covid outbreak, and 61% of companies revealed that they now have a designated board director responsible for cyber protection across the whole of their business.
Cyber threat is increasingly a business-critical issue, with 43% of manufacturers reporting that they have already been asked by a customer to demonstrate or guarantee the robustness of their cyber processes, while one in five have themselves asked customers or suppliers to show that they are cyber resilient and have effective measures in place to counter against any attack.
Some 52% of those polled said they have taken out insurance to cover any losses from cyber incidents, while 87% of companies believe they have the right tools and technologies in place to deal with any cyber incursion. A further 91% told us that they have the correct knowledge now in place to assess their cyber risk.
However, despite significant improvements in cyber awareness over the last two years since our last survey with a reduction in attacks by 10% across the sector, there is however still work to be done. Some 44% of manufacturers still do not offer cyber security training to their staff, and 47% of companies do not even have a formal plan or process agreed in case of an attack. While 66% of manufacturers report that cyber security does not have a regular slot on their board’s monthly agenda in spite of the heightened risk from remote working.
Investment in the latest digital technologies is also being hampered, with many companies holding back from implementing the latest innovations for fear of increased exposure to cyber-attack. One in eight companies surveyed admitted they are currently not investing in new digital processes even though they know they should do so to continue to be able to compete in an ever-changing and developing global marketplace.