Cyber security is the protection of computer systems and networks from information disclosure, theft of, or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. Assess your organization in 6 key areas to understand your gaps and set some improvement priorities through one or more surveys.
Cyber Security Checklist
Many small and mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs) conduct business using information technology. A number of business operations are conducted over the Internet, and employees and prospective employees access company information on mobile devices. Have you taken the time to assess how vulnerable your SMM firm may be? Are you cyber secure?
Access the Cyber Security Checklist for a quick look at your cyber risks.
Protect Your Data
When making decisions with your data, it is important to also protect your data. For many organizations, cyber security has become a cumbersome patchwork of detection systems. Adopting security controls can both simplify and strengthen cyber security at once.
Take some first steps today to secure your company’s assets. Dive into our six protocols, based on NIST/CMMC standards, to learn more.
Manufacturer's Guide to Cybersecurity | For Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers
If you’re like most U.S. small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs), you rely heavily on information technology to conduct business. Day-to-day business operations like banking, payroll and purchasing are all conducted over the Internet. Machines on the shop floor are connected to networks and employees use mobile devices to access company information. Have you ever considered how vulnerable your SMM firm might be? Hackers and cyber criminals are focusing their attention on SMMs just like you.
Many larger manufacturers in the U.S. have been putting people, technology and money into protecting themselves from cybersecurity threats. These manufacturers have become more difficult targets for malicious attacks from hackers and cyber criminals. Because SMMs typically don’t have the resources to invest in cybersecurity the way larger manufacturers can, many cyber criminals view them as soft targets.
BEYOND CONVERGENCE: The IT/OT Continuum and How Functions-Based Leadership Can Enhance OT Cybersecurity
In recent years, many publications have been written about IT/OT “convergence”– the integration of Information Technology (IT), the hardware and software that processes data, with Operational Technology (OT), the systems that control industrial operations. In short, this convergence involves connecting IT networks with previously isolated OT systems in order to drive organizational efficiencies.
Unfortunately, many organizations are experiencing a persistent tug of war between their Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and Operations Leads over who should direct IT/OT cybersecurity efforts. This tension not only prevents the full realization of benefits that true convergence could bring, it also increases the likelihood that critical risks will be left unaddressed. A shift from the term “IT/OT convergence” to “IT/OT continuum” – where cybersecurity responsibility is determined by the protected function of concern – would help overcome these challenges.