The Manufacturing Industry

The manufacturing industry comprises various components, including raw material sourcing, production processes, quality control, and distribution. It involves machinery, skilled labor, technology, and supply chains to transform raw materials into finished goods. This sector encompasses diverse industries like automotive, electronics, textiles, and more, contributing significantly to economic growth globally.

Key Manufacturing Industry Challenges



Supply chain attacks are employed by cybercriminals to manipulate a company’s manufacturing processes through interference with both hardware and software. Malicious software may be inserted at any point in the supply chain, potentially leading to disruptions or outages in the organization’s services as a result of this cyber attack.


“The manufacturing industry suffered at least 437 ransomware attacks in 2022, making up more than 70% of these types of costly and disruptive assaults that industrial companies faced last year, according to the cybersecurity firm Dragos3.”

One challenge encountered by manufacturing facilities is the frequent lack of visibility for operators into their systems, coupled with the use of shared credentials across information networks and operational technology systems.


Using outdated technology increases the risk of security breaches due to the absence of the latest security features. Such systems are frequently unsupported by their original developers, leaving them without essential security patches and updates. As cybercriminals continually discover new ways to access information, relying on outdated technology not only jeopardizes your data but may also result in additional expenses, either through paying criminals or losing customers. Therefore, while opting for older technology may seem like a cost-saving measure, it could ultimately expose you to significant risks and financial consequences.


Extensive phishing campaigns enable the perpetrators to gather various forms of sensitive information, including but not limited to bank account details, social security numbers, and credit/debit card information. Alternatively, they may coerce the victim into making a payment directly into the attacker’s bank accounts. Moreover, phishing activities can be motivated by other objectives, such as acquiring sensitive data to tarnish the reputation of the targeted entity or disseminating malicious software to wreak havoc on the company’s physical assets and equipment.“According to NNT Security report, 58% of malware in the manufacturing industry is spread through web-based downloads, and it varied between Trojans and droppers in the second quarter of 2017. Reconnaissance, which includes methods of collecting vulnerabilities about the victim’s computer once accessed by the hacker, represented 33% of cyber-attacks targeting the sector.” Infosec4


1. IBM Security X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2023:
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