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On days when the temperature is just right, there's nothing like a screen door to let in the breeze and sunlight and keep out the bugs. While that image is idyllic for quiet afternoons at home, it's a nightmare for the security of a smart manufacturer whose greatest need is to secure their data.
The reality is, in business, the temperature isn't always right. And while no one wants bugs in and out of the building, a screen door also doesn't keep out larger, more dangerous creatures.
Today's manufacturing operations are equal parts data center and production machinery. Increasingly dangerous security threats can disrupt processes, endanger workers, and destroy business data, so it’s vital to protect your assets as closely as a beloved family pet.
Digitization is growing at a rapid pace in the industry, with 97% of manufacturers planning to use smart manufacturing technology. At the same time, manufacturing sees the highest average ransomware payments out of any other sector. It’s a new reality: modernization is essential to achieving success, but it has to come with a strong cybersecurity plan. That’s why it’s time to consider bringing in the cat (your data) and trade the screen door for something sturdier, like a vault.
To understand the need for greater security in smart manufacturing, one must first understand the most significant threats smart manufacturing companies face:
The best way to replace your screen door with a vault door is to choose wisely by researching the options and doing the due diligence required to make the right choice. Of course, the best security speaks for itself. Smart manufacturing customers who have already sourced a robust and secure platform will offer guidance on who provides the most secure features and what those features are.
Aside from references, look for adherence and commitment to international security standards. For example, the Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform™ was awarded the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification to reflect its dedication to data security for its best-in-class cloud infrastructure. The platform utilizes additional features to monitor threats and track changes. These features include multi-layered solid security protocols to fend off malware and hardened firewall clusters to monitor threats and track changes against the never-ending barrage of attempts.
Smart manufacturing solutions improve efficiency, performance, cost, and risk mitigation, but implementing a security strategy alongside any solution is critical. That way, your data can remain behind the strength of a vault door instead of letting in the breeze while letting out your sensitive company data.
Learn more about how cybersecurity fits into your software selection by reading the Smart Manufacturing Software Buyer's Guide.