NTT: Cyber-attacks on manufacturers should be a “red flag” for CISOs

NCMS’ Rebecca Taylor is quoted in V3’s  NTT: Cyber-attacks on manufacturers should be a “red flag” for CISOs:

Cyber-attacks rose 24 per cent QoQ worldwide in Q2’17, with manufacturers a ‘key target’. NTT Security’s Q2 Threat Intelligence Report, which showed the findings, is based on events identified across the company’s global client base during the second quarter of the year.

34 per cent of all attacks that NTT tracked affected manufacturers and these companies appear in the top three targets in five of the six global regions. The manager of NTT’s Threat Intelligence Communication Team, Jon Heimerl, said that this should be “a red flag for CISOs across this market segment.”

“Most manufacturing systems today were made to be productive – they were not made to be secure,” said SVP of the National Center [sic] for Manufacturing Sciences Rebecca Taylor. “It isn’t a matter of if they will be targeted, but when.” NTT’s report underlines Taylor’s statement: funds are spent on upgrading systems for productivity, not cyber security – an increasing risk with as IoT and always-on connectivity come to the fore.