Manufacturing is an evolving industry – the old way of machining is being replaced by advanced manufacturing that is driven by the internet and technology. Manufacturing facilities are now running interconnected data systems and using software to manage the supply chain, production, and customer relations. It is an exciting new world out there for manufacturing – and also a dangerous one. It opens the doors to cyber threats that can compromise companies’ systems and sensitive data. Motivations for accessing such data may include industrial espionage, and financial gain. That is why it is imperative for manufacturers to be mindful of ways to protect themselves against these types of threats.
Ransomware is going to be a larger problem going into 2017. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts all of your computer data. The hackers then threaten to destroy all of your data unless you pay a ransom. It is a good idea to regularly backup all of your data in the cloud or on an external hard drive. Using an application whitelisting program will also help protect you by preventing illegitimate files from being installed on your computer or smartphone.
Phishing is a tactic used to get unauthorized access to confidential data for financial gain. Attackers target specific individuals within an organization, and craft an email that the victims will be likely to open. The infected links and attachments within the email execute malware once they are clicked. The attackers can then establish their networks and gain access to the company’s computer systems.
Spyware can take partial or full control of a computer to secretly collect information about an individual or company. It will monitor all of your actions on your computer, such as browsing history, personal information, and credit card information. It then passes this information along to third parties. This type of malware is particularly dangerous because it is hard to detect. The best way to identify spyware is to download a spyware scanner on your computer or other device. But you can also look out for new and/or unidentifiable icons in the task bar at the bottom of your screen, error messages when trying to perform operations that previously worked okay, and if you are being redirected to a different search engine while searching. To prevent spyware, use anti-virus and/or anti-spyware software, make sure your browser, operation system, and software have the latest updates, set your browser security and privacy levels higher, and don’t click on pop-up ads.