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In the dynamic world of manufacturing, small businesses face unique challenges, especially in the realm of cybersecurity. While large corporations have extensive resources to combat digital threats, small and mid-sized manufacturers often operate under the radar, believing they are less likely to be targeted. However, this assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. In this blog, we’ll explore five critical cybersecurity threats that small manufacturers must be aware of to safeguard their operations and data.

#1: Industrial Espionage and Data Theft

Small manufacturers are increasingly susceptible to industrial espionage and data theft. This threat involves external entities attempting to access sensitive data such as trade secrets and proprietary manufacturing processes. Securing digital assets is crucial to protecting the core elements of your business.

#2: The Rise of Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attacks pose a significant threat to small manufacturers, encrypting critical data and demanding a ransom for its release. These attacks can paralyze essential operations like production schedules and access to financial records, causing substantial disruptions.

#3: Supply Chain Attacks

Security vulnerabilities within the supply chain are a critical concern for smaller manufacturers. Attackers may target less secure links in the supply chain, causing widespread issues. Ensuring comprehensive security measures across all supply chain partners is vital.

#4: Phishing and Social Engineering

The human element often poses significant cybersecurity risks. Phishing and social engineering attacks exploit human error, tricking employees into divulging sensitive information. Regular training and fostering a culture of security awareness are essential defenses against these tactics.

#5: Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Vulnerabilities

As small manufacturers adopt IoT technologies for efficiency gains, they also face associated cybersecurity risks. Unsecured IoT devices can be exploited by cybercriminals, serving as entry points into broader networks. Regular security reviews are necessary to mitigate these risks.

At TEC Communications, our partnership with Cisco and expertise in cybersecurity solutions, means you receive an array of services designed to mitigate risks. By implementing solutions such as Email Threat Defense, Duo, and Umbrella Secure Internet Gateway, we help fortify the digital defenses of small and mid-sized manufacturers. Ready to secure your business? Contact us today to strengthen your cybersecurity defenses.

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Download our Essential Cybersecurity Playbook for Manufacturing today. Elevate your cybersecurity measures, protect your critical assets, and guarantee the uninterrupted success of your manufacturing operations. Don’t let your factory remain a target; take action now to secure your future.

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