Automation firm publishes report on information security

In light of a spate of recent high profile cyber-attacks, European Automation has published an industry report about information security and its growing importance.

The comprehensive report – available for download here – looks at where threats come from, how they can be avoided, and the need of raising the conversation about information security to board level.

2014 was a year of high profile cyber-attacks for companies the likes of Sony Pictures Entertainment, eBay and Apple. In the UK alone, 81% of large corporations and 60% of small businesses reported they had a breach in cyber security last year.

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The majority of incidents don’t stem from hackers but human error.

Reacting to this worrying trend, the manufacturing industry has started to invest more time and money in information security. However, more education and training is required across industry, from the factory floor to top management.

European Automation’s Jonathan Wilkins explained: “There is a common misconception that hackers are responsible for all cyber-attacks and therefore businesses that don’t see themselves as attractive targets don’t need to invest in information security.

“In reality, the majority of incidents stem from human error and we’d argue that a large number of these are not down to malicious intent, but rather lack of security knowledge.

“As well as securing and protecting automated systems, a structured corporate policy should be implemented for staff. The policy should include network use in the offices, as well as risk analysis on suppliers and providers.”

This is the third of six industry reports European Automation is planning over the next six months. The subsequent ones will focus on collapsing automation architecture, machine-to-machine communication and sustainability.