How can food manufacturers tackle the threat of cyber-crime? | #cybersecurity | #cyberattack

An increasing number of food and drink firms have been involved in incidents of cyber-crime. The attack against KP Snacks was the most notable in recent memory – the company was compromised by ransomware in January this year, disrupting its manufacturing and shipping processes.

In fact, one in five staff in the manufacturing industry admit to having been involved in a security breach or loss of sensitive company data, according to research by Impero Software. The weakness identified in many instances stemmed from a lack of training among members of staff and the way sensitive company data was accessed by them.

Impero found that three in ten members of staff wanted better cyber security training, while 28% said they lacked the confidence to recognise and report cyber security threats at work.

Despite the lack of confidence among these members of the industry, just over half said they accessed company data on personal devices on average three times a week and among this group almost a quarter reported that their organisation did not enforce a strict security policy for personal devices.

No-longer analogue driven

“Although many think of manufacturing as more analogue-driven, this is simply not the case anymore,”​ said Impero chief executive Justin Reilly. “The modern manufacturing environment is underpinned by a complex and often diverse network of connected devices, from cloud-based data storage systems, to automated assembly solutions and, increasingly, AI and robotics.

“While important for the sector’s evolution, this proliferation of devices has made it especially vulnerable to malicious attacks. Without adequate training to help staff spot and react to cyber threats, or clear device security policies and tools in place, many manufacturers will be left exposed to significant risk.”

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