How to keep your manufacturing process secure

2017-08-03 - Automation.com article by Robert Glass, Food & Beverage Communications Manager, ABB - August 2, 2017
Cyber security has been top of the agenda for many businesses following the global Wanna Decryptor (WannaCry) ransomeware attack that grabbed headlines in May, 2017. The latest in a line of high profile attacks, WannaCry saw over 45,000 attacks recorded in almost 100 countries, including the UK, US, India and China.

As food manufacturing plants become more connected through the Industrial Internt of Things (IIoT), the threat of cyber-attacks and how much damage they can do, has increased. This article offers advice on how to ensure your manufacturing process is kept secure.

IIoT is creating many exciting opportunities for the manufacturing industry; however, the increased use of connected devices and systems has also resulted in a rise in cyber-attacks. For many, the phrase cyber-attack conjures an image of email hacking and stolen bank details, but it can have a significant impact on plant processes and production if systems are not protected correctly.

While it can be difficult to prevent a cyber-attack from happening, there are a number of precautions manufacturers can take to minimize risk and protect themselves.

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