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Cybersecurity Threats to Supply Chains in an IoT World

While we marvel at IoT technologies that have been implemented globally into the day-to-day operations of manufacturing and supply chain operations, we often quickly lose sight of the potential supply chain risks this tech adds to the equation.

* By Doug Reed, MHI Executive Vice President of Strategic Development *

While we marvel at internet of things (IoT) technologies that have been implemented globally into the day-to-day operations of manufacturing and supply chain operations, we often quickly lose sight of the potential supply chain risks this tech adds to the equation. Further, trading partners and suppliers can also create even more risks that many firms overlook.

Indeed, in a recent Deloitte poll, “Cyber risk: Maturity and ubiquity in the fourth industrial era,” 40% of professionals report that managing increasing amounts of data and IoT-connected device security pose the greatest cybersecurity challenges to their organization over the next 12 months. Respondents also identified third parties/extended enterprise (16.3%) and managing digital identities (13.5%) as the next largest challenges. Yet, only 14% report their organization’s cybersecurity program as mature, with cyber risk managed holistically across the enterprise.

So what IoT/cybersecurity risks should your organization be concerned about—both internally and externally? And what steps can be taken to mitigate those risks? To get the answers, MHI Solutions interviewed six experts in the field. Here is a synopsis of each of their insights.

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Emerging technologies such as IIoT, robotics and artificial intelligence provide exciting opportunities for supply chains. They also mean an exponential growth in the amount of data these supply chains generate. When properly utilized, this data can provide crucial information to improve efficiency, reduce costs, enhance transparency and customer service. But it comes with risk. The more digitized a supply chain becomes, the more it is at risk of cyberattack. Hackers are constantly finding new ways create data breaches they can exploit. The reality that most supply chains require third-party suppliers down the chain only heightens this threat. No matter the scale of your supply chain, it is essential to have solid cybersecurity processes in place to manage and mitigate the growing risk of cyberattack. That’s what this issue of MHI Solutions is all about, from cybersecurity threats in an IIoT world to dark data to the human factor in cybersecurity to blockchain as a potential solution.

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