In the manufacturing industry, the goal of attackers is more likely to be intellectual property such as proprietary information on inventory, production systems and manufacturing processes, to disrupt a business or brand, rather than financial gain. One of the most important aspects of the manufacturing or industrial network is that it keeps growing in a global capacity. Manufacturing operations for a US-based company can have plants in dozens of locations across the world – leaving the enterprise network wide open to cyber threats.
With advanced technology and virtualization, manufacturers can now communicate in real-time, sharing information across the supply chain in seconds and increasing visibility into the actual data on-hand. You may not see these breaches make headlines since only 2-10% are reported but since 2010 there has been a sharp increase in manufacturing security incidents. There is a clear need for flexible and automated security policy management that will not interrupt the operational efficiency that comes along with advanced manufacturing technologies.