Manufacturing Cybersecurity

When it comes to safety in manufacturing, how can companies evaluate their weak points? In an article written by manufacturing reporter Rachel Abbey McCafferty in Crain’s Cleveland, experts weigh in on potential vulnerabilities, ransomware and more.

The rise of industrial espionage in terms of frequency and scope is something that manufacturers should be concerned about, Greg Krabacher, senior counsel in law firm Bricker & Eckler LLP’s Columbus office told Crain’s Cleveland.

“I’m not sure there’s any safe corner,” Krabacher said in the article, warning that both smaller to midsize companies and larger manufacturers need to have proper precautions in place for cybersecurity.

McCafferty also interviewed Albert Green, CEO of Kent Displays Inc., who spoke about the issues around manufacturing tech products and how the need for vigilance against ransomware and cyberattacks is constant.

Privacy and intellectual property are also valuable assets worth protecting from cyber criminals, especially with increased connectivity due to the Internet of Things, said Brad Lutgen, partner, security and compliance, in the Milwaukee office of professional services firm Sikich LLP to Crain’s. Although healthcare attacks have been prevalent in the news cycle, the relative obscurity of manufacturing cybersecurity is an advantage. “Since there is no industry standard to adhere to, they can take a risk-based approach that’s specific to their company,” writes McCafferty.