Are we in a similar situation today with
cybersecurity? Awareness of cybersecurity
risk certainly seems much higher than what
existed on the terrorism front prior to 9/11.
The Russian attack in the 2016 election; high-profile security breaches at Facebook, retail
stores, and financial institutions; and attacks
on companies that can number in the thousands per day would seem to have heightened
sensitivity to an unprecedented degree.
Yet, I worry that the volume of hacks,
breaches, and attacks may be having a
numbing effect. The MLC’s new survey on
cybersecurity in manufacturing, results of
which follow this article, has a potentially
disturbing finding. When asked whether the
cyber issue could become a major obstacle
to their M4.0 progress over the next 5 years,
51% of survey respondents said that cyber is
now just part of doing business. Thirty-four
percent said they are concerned but only
11% saw cyber as a major threat.
As an industry, we can’t allow ourselves
to think about cybersecurity as just another
business issue. The consequences of a massive cyber attack on industry, should one occur on the scale of 9/11, would be devastating not only to the manufacturing industry,
but to society as a whole. We must take steps
to ensure that we do not become lulled into
a false sense of security and that we are prepared for a cyber future that most expect will
become more dangerous than it is today.
And I think it all begins with imagination. As
hard as it may be, we must imagine worst-case
scenarios and prepare to deal with them. Companies need more comprehensive and holistic
plans for defense. We need better technology
tools. And we must raise cybersecurity to a pre-eminent status level in our companies, just like
we do with physical safety, and keep it there.
Cybersecurity is a war. It’s time to get on a
war-footing about it. – David R. Brousell
hen I think about cybersecurity, I often think about September 11,
2001. One of the most significant findings of the 9/11 Commission
Report was that, in the period leading up to the attack, the U.S. suffered
from a lack of imagination – government officials, the media, the society at large simply could not imagine, despite a host of prior incidents
at home and abroad, that such a well-coordinated, multi-pronged attack could be planned and
carried out on such a scale by a small group of people from a third-world country.
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Increasing cyber attacks may be having a numbing e;ect.