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Cybersecurity: Heightened Risk Calls for Heightened Risk Management

5/10/2019 - BY: JEFF WILLIAMS
With the Fourth Industrial Revolution upon us, integrating systems into business operations has never been easier. At the same time, introduction of these technologies into our businesses means the risks we face have never been higher. While creating and maintaining a completely secure environment for information is a virtual impossibility, one thing all organizations can do to protect themselves is implement a Risk Management System.


Defense Contractors: Is Your Information Protected?

1/11/2019 - BY: ELLIOT FORSYTH
Every 39 seconds, a cyber-attack occurs somewhere in the world. Yet, most small manufacturers still believe they are safe from cyber threats, assuming hackers only target large, multi-billion dollar companies. Unfortunately, that cannot be further from the truth.


5 Steps to Cyber Safety: IT Perspective

10/19/2018 - BY: JEFF WILLIAMS
We recently posted a blog detailing how business leaders could safeguard their companies from cyber-attacks. This week, we will focus on IT-related steps to help ensure your business is protected from cyber-attacks.


5 Steps to Cyber Safety: Business Perspective

10/5/2018 - BY: JEFF WILLIAMS
The number of cybercrime victims grows by 2.7 million every day, or 1,861 victims a minute. The total global cost of cyber-attacks in 2018 so far exceeds $600 billion, with organizations spending $8 billion a year on ransomware alone. It is clear that the risk of cybersecurity continues to grow, with a variety of agencies from the Department of Defense to the Automotive Industry Action Group mandating new industry-wide standards for cybersecurity.


Get a Peek into the Factory of the Future at Integr8

9/14/2018 - BY: ELLIOT FORSYTH
Manufacturing is changing. The industry is entering a new era, with oncoming workforce and technological advancements set to transform manufacturing as we know it. In this emerging age of smart manufacturing, a number of factors are contributing to this evolution.


Revised NIST Standard Might Impact Your Compliance

1/12/2018 - BY: ELLIOT FORSYTH
The information security standard set forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), known as NIST SP 800-171, has experienced multiple revisions since its original publication in June 2015. Following these changes, many individuals are left wondering where their company stands with compliance and what steps they must take next.


Cyber-Attacks Are Here to Stay – Here’s What You Can Do to Protect Your Business

10/27/2017 - BY: ELLIOT FORSYTH
Clearly, cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and frequent, with a reported 4,000 attacks on small businesses each day. These attacks take many forms, from ransomware to spoofing to phishing, among others, and for most manufacturers, just one cyber-attack could be catastrophic.


Small-Business Cybersecurity is Twice as Nice as Pumpkin Spice

10/13/2017 - BY: PAT TOTH, NIST
Many larger companies in the U.S. have dedicated resources—including people, technology and budgets—to protect against cybersecurity threats. As a result, they have become much more difficult targets for malicious attacks from hackers and cybercriminals. Consequently, hackers and cybercriminals are now successfully focusing more of their unwanted attention on small companies, including manufacturers.


Are Your Employees Making Your Business Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks?

8/4/2017 - BY: ELLIOT FORSYTH
Cybersecurity is no longer optional—it’s a necessity for business survival. As cyber-attacks have become increasingly sophisticated and the frequency continues to escalate at breakneck speed, it’s imperative that your business has a plan to combat these dire threats. After all, it’s no longer a question of “if” a cyber-attack will occur, it’s now a matter of “when.”


New Cybersecurity Requirements Impact Michigan Manufacturers

1/13/2017 - THE CENTER
The risks are enormous and potentially devastating. According to IBM, small and mid-sized businesses are hit by cyber-attacks about 4,000 times a day. The U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance found that 60 percent of small companies are unable to sustain their businesses over six months after a cyber-attack.


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