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Survey looks at cyber security in the manufacturing industry

ISACA and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) recently partnered to conduct a survey that explored the cyber security challenges faced by the global manufacturing industry. The survey, conducted in August 2018, captured responses from 167 participants from across ISACA, DMDII and Manufacturing Extension Partnership stakeholders.

Survey results included:

  • 78 percent of manufacturing organizations have a formal process for dealing with cyber security incidents, and 68 percent have one for ransomware attacks.
  • 77 percent expressed confidence in their security team’s abilities to detect and respond to advanced persistent threats (APTs).
  • 34 percent noted they were experiencing more cyber security attacks today than a year ago, compared to 62 percent across all industries from ISACA’s 2018 State of Cybersecurity survey.
  • 74 percent indicated they believed their organization’s cyber security training budgets would either increase or at least be maintained at current levels; only 4 percent anticipated a decrease in the coming year.
  • 75 percent of manufacturing organizations have a program in place to promote cyber security awareness among their employees, but only 37 percent believe that their programs are very to completely effective.
  • 47 percent of manufacturing organizations are spending less than US $1,000 on average each year on continuing education opportunities for their staff — versus 25 percent in other industries — and nearly 1 in 10 reported that their enterprises spent nothing on average each year on these educational opportunities.
  • 81 percent of manufacturing organizations are somewhat to very concerned about the potential cyber security risks with personal, Internet-connected devices. 58 percent don’t allow those devices to connect to the corporate network and 72 percent don’t allow those devices to connect to the corporate network on the manufacturing floor.
  • Finding skilled cyber-staff remains challenging; a 1.8 million worker shortage is anticipated by 2022. Respondents indicated it takes an average of five months to fill open positions and 61 percent of hiring managers said less than half of applicants are qualified.

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