2022 Industry Threat Recap: Manufacturing

It seems like yesterday that industries were fumbling to understand the threats posed by post-pandemic economic and technological changes. While every disruption provides opportunities for positive change, it’s hard to ignore the impact that global supply chains, rising labor costs, digital currency and environmental regulations have had on commerce worldwide.

Many sectors are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But 2022 has shown us that manufacturing still faces some dark clouds ahead when combatting persistent cybersecurity issues.

Security Threats Plagued Manufacturers in 2022

In the last three years, most people have become all too familiar with the importance of supply chain resilience. Even a seemingly isolated incident can create a devastating global ripple effect, impacting everything from economic growth to political stability.

At the top of these global supply chains are suppliers and manufacturers that support everyone from the general population to government entities. As a result, their roles have become increasingly important across multiple industries. This makes their ability to operate securely and efficiently more important than ever.

But due to the complexity and necessity of their operations, manufacturers became a top target for malicious actors in 2022. Below, we’ll recap some of the most pressing cybersecurity threats we’ve seen in the manufacturing sector this year.

Nation-State Attacks

Thanks to the world’s reliance on international supply chains, hostile nation-state actors are now targeting manufacturers. These sophisticated threats leverage advanced malware and exploit underlying vulnerabilities in IT systems, often to obtain confidential information or disrupt operations. For example, in 2022, a new ICS-focused threat group named Chernovite surfaced using a next-gen ICS hacking platform called PIPEDREAM, designed to target technologies supported by different third-party vendors.

Regarding nation-state attacks, the most ..

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