Exponential-e says manufacturers should keep systems off the public internet

By Nell Walker
Following the recent news that almost half of manufacturers have failed to invest in cyber security in the past two years - despite two thirds of UK bus...

Following the recent news that almost half of manufacturers have failed to invest in cyber security in the past two years - despite two thirds of UK businesses having been hit by a cyber attack in the past year - Simon Acott, Business and Partner Development Director at Exponential-e, has offered the following comment:

“The challenges facing the UK’s manufacturing sector extend far beyond the out-of-date security and under-educated employees that risk compromising IT systems. 

“Today’s global marketplace is exposing the limits of manufacturers’ supply chain practices. Increasingly UK manufacturers need to be able to scale, shift and contract operations depending on market requirements all over the world. This shift is driving the adoption of superfast cloud and networking services that can support intelligent supply chains and facilitate changes in customer demand. However, where there is an opportunity there is also risk with connected devices and public cloud services opening up new avenues of attack. 

“Alongside investing in security policies and tools, increasingly connected manufacturers must act now to ensure their systems are safe. Moving critical processes onto private network infrastructure that ensures sensitive information is not sent over the public internet and remains on the safe side of the firewall is half the battle. Manufacturers also need to introduce policies and processes that maintain the integrity of networks. By exercising due diligence and contracting with third party providers that have certified platforms and a rich portfolio of advanced security services, manufacturers will be able to build collaborative networks that connect with other trading partners but avoid the risk of being exposed.”


Follow @ManufacturingGL and @NellWalkerMG


Featured Articles

Manufacturers shouldn’t overlook remote access security

Justin Reilly is Chief Executive at Impero Software, a company which offers secure remote access solutions. Here he discusses remote access security

Manufacturers struggle to keep supply chains resilient - BCG

Research from Boston Consulting Group shows that manufacturers are finding it a challenge to keep their supply chains resilient

Reducing Scope 3 emissions with Jeff Dewing, Cloudfm CEO

Jeff Dewing, CEO of Cloudfm & Mindsett, shares what net zero goals businesses need to be aware of & how they can take control of their Scope 3 emissions

Accrol Group’s Oceans on paper manufacturing & supply chains

Procurement & Supply Chain

Revive manufacturing with Industry 4.0, says Baserow CRO

Smart Manufacturing

Deloitte: smart manufacturing is driving automotive’s future

Smart Manufacturing