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As a small manufacturer, the security of digital information, systems and networks is not the highest priority given everything else with which businesses are faced. An information security or cybersecurity incident can be detrimental to the business, their customers, partners, and suppliers. It's important that manufacturers understand and manage the risk and establish a cybersecurity protocol to protect their most critical assets.
CDME offers a variety of cybersecurity solutions to assist in securing your manufacturing environment in the digital age.
Jamey Dixon, IT Growth Advisor, leads the cybersecurity initiatives at CDME. As an advisor in cyberdefense, Jamey is available to advise, assist and activate programs and solutions tailored to your operations.
Why cybersecurity is crucial for manufacturing
NIST 800-171 compliance
NIST 800-171 is a framework that specifies how your information systems and policies need to be setup in order to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). If you have contracts with the United States Department of Defense (DoD) or are a subcontractor to a prime contractor with DoD contracts, your organization should have already implemented NIST SP 800-171 as required by the U.S. government. This requirement applies to anyone bidding on DoD contracts as well.
Manufacturers no longer have a simple on-premises network and increasingly use mobile, cloud-based or hybrid infrastructure. Increasing number of applications and dynamic infrastructure create potential weak links and vulnerabilities exposing the organization to loss of sensitive data, financial fraud, and business disruptions.
Employees are your weakest link
One of the top ways threat actors break into manufacturers’ networks is via fraudulent emails. Unsuspecting employees click on links and attachments that happen to be malicious. The criminals are “phishing” for information and will send emails that look like they come from someone inside your company or from a reputable site.
Easy entry into supply chain systems
Cybercriminals often view small to mid-sized organizations as a prime entry point into a larger target. Typically, these manufacturers are part of a larger organizations supply chain and have back-door access to secure systems and networks.
Less mature security and compliance programs
Manufacturing companies struggle to match advanced security technologies, security best practices and large IT teams of larger enterprises, often leaving them exposed to loss of trade secrets and intellectual property.
Let CDME assist your company in developing a comprehensive cyber security program today.