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In today's age of digital transformation, it's more important than ever for manufacturers to be aware of the cybersecurity risks that come with the territory. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about what those risks are and how to mitigate them. In this blog post, we'll dispel some of the most common myths about cybersecurity in manufacturing.
Myth #1: "We don't need to worry about cybersecurity because we're not a target."
The truth is all manufacturers are targets for cyberattacks. Why? Because hackers know that manufacturing companies usually have valuable data and intellectual property that they can sell on the black market. In addition, many manufacturers use outdated systems and software that are vulnerable to attack. So even if you think your company isn't a target, it's important to take steps to protect your data.
Myth #2: "Okay well…we're way too small to be a target."
One of the most common myths about cybersecurity is that small businesses are not at risk for cyberattacks because hackers will go after larger companies with more data. However, this could not be further from the truth. Small businesses are often targeted by hackers because they typically have weaker security systems. As a result, hackers can quickly gain access to sensitive information—including customer data, financial records, and proprietary information.
Myth #3: "Cybersecurity is too expensive."
The cost of cybersecurity is often cited as one of the main reasons companies do not invest in adequate security measures. However, the cost of a cyberattack can be much greater than the cost of implementing proper security measures. A single data breach can cost a company millions of dollars in damages—not to mention the loss of customer trust and reputation damage that can occur as a result of an attack—as such, investing in proper cybersecurity measures is essential for protecting your business from costly attacks.
Myth #4: "Our IT department will take care of our cybersecurity needs."
While your IT department may be responsible for some aspects of cybersecurity, it's important to remember that cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility. Hackers will often target employees with phishing attacks or social engineering scams to gain access to your systems. That's why it's important for all employees to be trained in cybersecurity best practices and to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
Myth #5: "Our firewall will keep us safe."
Firewalls are an important part of any cybersecurity system, but they should not be relied upon as the sole line of defense. Hackers are constantly finding new ways to bypass firewalls and gain access to company systems. As such, it's important to have multiple layers of security—including anti-virus software, intrusion detection systems, and employee training—to ensure that your business is protected from cyberattacks.
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Cybersecurity is essential for protecting your manufacturing business from costly attacks, regardless of its size or the type of information it stores electronically. If you have any questions about how to improve your company's cybersecurity system, please feel free to contact us we're always happy to help!