34% of all documented attacks targeted manufacturers. Moreover, manufacturers appear in the top three targets in five of the six geographic regions globally.

The motivations for these attacks are often criminal in nature – Jon Heimerl, NTT Security

The frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks continues to rise globally according to research data from the Global Threat Intelligence Center (GTIC) 2017 Q2 Threat Intelligence Report released by NTT Security.

– Cyber attacks were up 24% globally during Q2 2017
– Manufacturers continue to be a key target for cybercriminals
– 67% of malware attacks were delivered by phishing emails
– The speed of attacks continues to increase exponentially once proof of concept code is released

“This latest report documents that hackers continue to target the manufacturing sector, which should be a red flag across this market segment.” Jon Heimerl, NTT Security.

34% of all documented attacks targeted manufacturers. Moreover, manufacturers appear in the top three targets in five of the six geographic regions globally.

“This is no coincidence,” continued Heimerl. “The motivations for these attacks are often criminal in nature, including extortion via ransomware, industrial espionage, and theft of data such as account numbers. What poses an even greater problem is that when these breaches are successful, yet go undetected, they allow hackers to establish footholds in organisations’ networks where they have free reign to wreak havoc over extended periods.

This is a problem if we consider that 37% of manufacturers recently surveyed indicated they do not have an incident response plan in place. This is very concerning as manufacturers’ IT security liabilities often impacted not just the manufacturing organisations, but suppliers, as well as related industries and consumers.”



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