ISACA, DMDII study identifies need for improvements to security awareness programs

ISACA and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) recently partnered to conduct a survey that explored the cybersecurity challenges faced by the global manufacturing industry, the companies said.

Survey findings showed that manufacturers still face security concerns, including those related to Internet of Things (IoT)-integrated devices and employee error, and that they continue to struggle with finding skilled cybersecurity staff and may be underspending on security training.

This survey, conducted in August 2018, captured responses from 167 participants from across ISACA, DMDII and Manufacturing Extension Partnership stakeholders. Where possible, these findings were compared against ISACA´s 2018 State of Cybersecurity and 2018 Cybersecurity Culture research findings for all industries.

This outreach was meant to take an early pulse of manufacturing cybersecurity with a smaller sample size, with plans to expand this research with a larger-scale survey in the future.

Survey results revealed some areas of strength related to the manufacturing industry´s approach to cybersecurity when compared against all industries:

78 percent of manufacturing organizations have a formal process for dealing with cybersecurity incidents, and 68 percent have one for ransomware attacks.
77 percent expressed confidence in their security team´s abilities to detect and respond to advanced persistent threats (APTs).
34 percent noted they were experiencing more cybersecurity attacks today than a year ago, compared to 62 percent across all industries from ISACA´s 2018 State of Cybersecurity survey.
74 percent indicated they believed their organization´s cybersecurity training budgets would either increase or at least be maintained at current levels; only 4 percent anticipated a decrease in the coming year.

Despite these positive data points, the survey results also revealed areas where the industry still needs to make progress:

75 percent of manufacturing organizations have a program in place to promote cybersecurity awareness among their employees, but only 37 percent believe that their programs are very to completely effective.
47 percent of manufacturing organizations are spending less than US USD 1,000 on average each year on continuing education opportunities for their staff–versus 25 percent in other industries–and nearly 1 in 10 reported that their enterprises spent nothing on average each year on these educational opportunities.
81 percent of manufacturing organizations are somewhat to very concerned about the potential cybersecurity risks with personal, Internet-connected devices. 58 percent don´t allow those devices to connect to the corporate network and 72 percent don´t allow those devices to connect to the corporate network on the manufacturing floor.

Now in its 50th anniversary year, ISACA® (isaca.org) is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology.

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute is where innovative manufacturers go to forge their futures. In partnership with UI LABS and the Department of Defense, DMDII equips US factories with the digital tools and expertise they need to begin building every part better than the last.