The Manufacturing sector and industrial organizations face increasingly sophisticated attacks against their infrastructure. Threat actors, including cyber espionage groups, target this sector for trade secrets and intellectual property. Attackers look for vulnerabilities to exploit to spy on data and development, or disrupt processes and supply chains.

Similar to organizations in other verticals, this sector faces the problem of budget and staff constraints which limit their ability to implement and manage multiple security products at every step of the production process.

Manufacturing companies are continuing to digitize architecture by moving to the cloud and adopt industrial Internet of Things (IoT) machines, including 3D printers, to streamline business operations. In fact, Gartner 2017 IoT manufacturing survey found that 40% of manufacturing enterprises were in the process of implementing IoT initiatives, and 46% had IoT initiatives in place.

Although their business landscape is changing, the manufacturing sector lags behind others in increasing their security budgets to protect new hybrid IT infrastructure. The manufacturing sector’s budgets have largely been static, but the PWC 2018 Global State of Information Security Survey found that 60% of respondents in the industrial vertical noted spending increases for cloud governance, risk and compliance.

IT teams are looking for an agile security solution to respond to these new business trends.  The manufacturing industry faces cyber risk at every level of production and requires a security solution that can guarantee complete visibility and control along the entire production system, while reducing complexity and streamlining processes.

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