Is it Time for a Network Assessment? 4 Cybersecurity Preparedness Questions to Ask Yourself
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Is it Time for a Network Assessment? 4 Cybersecurity Preparedness Questions to Ask Yourself

11/29/23 | Billy Hayes, IIoT Business Development Manager

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Technology is an indispensable tool that enables smoother operations, enhanced productivity, and improved efficiency. However, as operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) merge, the line between your digital and physical infrastructure is undoubtedly blurring. As an industrial manufacturer, this convergence can mean both opportunity and increased risk – the risk coming in the form of vulnerability to cyberattacks.

For example, did you know that ransomware-as-a-service facilitates 2/3 of cyberattacks? Did you know that IoT devices suffer an average of 5,200 cyberattacks per month? It’s not a matter of if it will happen, but when.

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Therefore, network security is a paramount risk management strategy for you as an industrial manufacturer. As cyber threats evolve and become more sophisticated, a proactive approach to cybersecurity isn’t an option – it’s a requirement.

Understanding the Foundation: One primary aspect of fortifying your network against threat actors is knowing where you stand today. This begins by asking yourself a few critical questions:

1. Do You Know Your Network Assets?

Knowing what devices and systems are connected to your network is a good place to start. Whether it’s machinery, computers, or other interconnected devices, having a comprehensive inventory is crucial. What assets do you have and what are the varying levels of access your employees have? How are your OT and IT connected and what protective measures are in place? Knowing this not only aids in network management but also forms a foundation for your cybersecurity strategy.

2. Have You Considered the Implications of Security Risks on Safety?

Safety is undoubtedly your number one priority. Everyone deserves to go home safely at the end of their shift. Have you considered the impact a security risk might have on the safety of your teams? Breaches in your network could compromise your critical infrastructure, leading to physical harm or operational disruptions. Integrating cybersecurity into your safety protocols is imperative.

3. Does Your Security Audit Go Beyond Scans?

A comprehensive security audit involves much more than a surface-level scan of your systems. It involves a deep dive into your network infrastructure, identifying vulnerabilities, and recommending comprehensive solutions. Do you have a team dedicated to this and fortifying your defenses against potential threats?

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4. Do You Regulate External Access and Changes?

Contractors or people outside your business often require access to your facility for various purposes. It’s essential to have clear policies in place to govern their access. Can a maintenance or service person make configuration changes to a controller? Do you have policies around this type of access? Strict guidelines and oversight can prevent unauthorized alterations or access that could compromise security.

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Remember, as security and technology continue to evolve, so do the tactics of threat actors. Being proactive in your network security isn’t just a task or something on your to-do list you’ll eventually get to. It’s a responsibility essential for a productive, safe, and successful business. A robust cybersecurity strategy forms the foundation for a resilient and secure future.

If you answered any of these questions with anything other than absolute certainty, then it’s time to schedule a network assessment. Rexel’s team of cybersecurity experts has the knowledge to help you secure your critical infrastructure and mitigate cyberattacks. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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