WE GET A BIT COM­PLA­CENT

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - EDITORIAL | CONTENTS - JANE WARWICK

tucked away down here at the bot­tom of the Earth. But with the World Wide Web now reach­ing into nearly ev­ery corner of the globe, we are no longer as safe as we might be. It has been re­ported that, world­wide, man­u­fac­tur­ing has sur­passed any other sec­tor, in­clud­ing fi­nan­cial ser­vices, as the great­est in­dus­try sus­cep­ti­ble to cy­ber threats. In late 2104 hack­ers struck a steel mill in Ger­man, ma­nip­u­lat­ing and dis­rupt­ing con­trol sys­tems to such a de­gree that a blast fur­nace could not be prop­erly shut down, re­sult­ing in sig­nif­i­cant da­m­age to the plant. And in the US, the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity’s In­dus­trial Con­trol Sys­tems Cy­ber Emer­gency Re­sponse Team ( ICS- CERT), in­ves­ti­gated 97 re­ported cy­ber in­ci­dents across its man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, which ac­counted for 33 per­cent of the to­tal 295 re­ported in­fra­struc­ture at­tacks over the 12-month pe­riod. This was t wice the amount as the year be­fore. There is no rea­son at all why such an at­tack shouldn’t hap­pen here, if it hasn’t al­ready. New Zealand has a rep­u­ta­tion for in­no­va­tion so there must be dozens of man­u­fac­tur­ing and en­gi­neer­ing busi­ness across Aotearoa that over­seas hack­ers would ben­e­fit hugely from sneak­ing into. It would pay to look into your cy­ber se­cu­rity now, rather than later.

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