WE GET A BIT COMPLACENT
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.