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Passwords – Is mine strong enough?  How do I know?  

Every time I write a password article I feel as if this subject has already been done to death by me and others.  But I always get more positive feedback on this subject than others I consider more interesting, so we offer the following suggestions:

  • Use different passwords for personal and work systems.  That way if you are cracked one place, the other is still secure.
  • If you write down and save your passwords, you are better off using paper or a notebook than recording them in an Excel spreadsheet.  If your computer is hacked, that spreadsheet is toast. Store your notebook were it is not easily accessed by someone else.
  • Change your passwords periodically.  That way if yours are stolen off a web server and sold on a list somewhere, they won’t be useful to the bad guys for very long.
  • Longer passwords are better because most passwords are solved using computers and software that makes millions of guesses per second.  At ten or more characters, it would take a machine over a hundred years to solve using current techniques.
  • Use a different password for every device or website
  • Use multi-factor authentication (MFA) whenever it is available.
  • Avoid creating or using shared accounts.  If you don’t share your toothbrush with this person, why would you share your login credentials?
  • Always change the default password when setting up new devices.  Default user names and passwords are easily found online, on the manufacturer’s support site as well as websites that aggregate this information in a single list.  (Check out www.defaultpassword.com)

While that may not be all of the best ideas, it is certainly enough of them.  If you were only going to pick one of them, choose the last one.

Pop Quiz: How Secure is Your Student Educational Data?

Pop Quiz: How Secure is Your Student Educational Data?

The dangers that cyber threats pose to our children have never been greater. For the schools that protect our children, and who store our student’s data, there is no child’s play in keeping our kids safe from cyber threats. Take this quick test below to see if your school and education networks are current with the IT innovations that fight today’s sophisticated cyber threats.

Does Your School Budget Allow for Proper Cybersecurity?

Education is no stranger to tight budgets. Essential programs and courses are routinely cut from cash strapped institutions. Indeed, one of the main challenges to IT administrators in education is having an adequate budget to meet the pressing and emerging cybersecurity issues in school districts.
But as education data systems become increasingly integrated with cloud computing and storage, your school needs the very best in current IT protection. When you’re counting every expense, you need cybersecurity that exceeds your expectations and performs at a fraction of what other vendors charge.

Does Your School Have Proper Identity Security?

It might be hard to imagine why anyone would want to steal your student’s identification. But when you consider how few minors have a credit file, their ID can be a “clean slate” for anyone needing a clean credit report to open utility accounts, credit cards or to take out loans.

Because parents have never before had to monitor their minor’s credit report—and children cannot be expected to monitor their own credit history—the actions of criminals who use a child’s identity can go undetected for a very long time. This makes schools a gold mine for hackers.

Hacking of schools and education facilities is on the rise, the steps you take to protect your student and their ID are the first steps to combating the several creative tactics hackers use to gain access to your network.

Are You Paying Attention to Your Student’s Data?

It is not enough to count on FERPA to monitor your IT security systems and ensure they are up to standard. Recently, major loopholes have been discovered in FERPA which allow EDTech companies to act as school officials and mine and collect your student’s data—data which is then vulnerable to third party hackers.

Make sure your parents and educators are informed on student data disclosure forms, Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs), and opt-out practices. When parents and children know their rights and the limits of EDTech in their school or district, they are able to make wise decisions based on that information.

Are Your Tech Devices Secure?

There is no question that tech devices elevate learning and help students prepare for the technological innovations they’ll encounter beyond education. This is why more than a third of U.S. students are using school issued devices.

Consider the extensive opportunities that allow hackers to access a school’s network through its devices. Not only can it be impossible to chase after the massive input from so many devices, but young students are often prime targets for hackers since they may not be familiar with the many clever tactics hackers use to gain access to sensitive information. That’s why it is more important than ever to make sure the network connected to your school’s devices is secure.

Can Your Student’s Infiltrate Your Own School Security System?

Historically, curious and tech-savvy students have always pushed the ethical limits of what educators deem acceptable use. But with all the information that can be found on integrated district networks, kids have never had more ways to access and exploit the sensitive information of their peers.

Whether it’s for financial gain, to carry out personal grudges, or even boredom, many students are proving highly capable at navigating sophisticated education security systems. Smart schools are not taking chances and, instead, opting for top-notch network security to eliminate threats from outside, and from within.

Student Data Security May Be the Smartest Move

How did you do? If you answered ‘maybe’ to any of these topics, give CIT a call today. Let us know how we can help you ace this test with the very best in education data security. With CIT on your side, you can rest assured that your network is as secure as you keep your students.

DarkTrace is Real Intelligence in the Cybersecurity Arms Race

Technological ecosystems for businesses are growing more rapidly than ever. The majority of our business communications, transactions, and data are all stored in various clouds or exchanged online. For all their usefulness, these evolving technologies and the business systems that rely on them have become increasingly difficult to manage. If they are not meticulously maintained, they can be risky and create vulnerabilities for you and your business.

A CRITICAL ALLY IN THE CYBERSECURITY ARMS RACE

Keeping your information safe from hackers is stretching security teams beyond their capabilities. A recent report gathered input from 200 Chief Information Security Officer’s describing how, for years, businesses and hackers have been locked in a cybersecurity arms race. The only thing that seems to have kept pace with technological advancement is the hackers’ impressively creative and persistent dark tactics to gather your sensitive information.

The cybersecurity arms race for businesses just got a critical ally with Darktrace, the leader in behavioral cyber platforms. Darktrace adds Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI and ML) protection to an already robust and cutting-edge portfolio of CIT leading a new era of fighting cybercrime.

MAKING COMPLICATED (LOOK) EASY

While the workings of AI and ML are incredibly complicated, the role of AI in cybersecurity is quite simple: AI aggressively deciphers a user’s behavior and uses patterns to detect with lightning speed any irregularities within those patterns. By tracking and analyzing all your data and different use patterns, Darktrace cyber AI can raise alerts to address problems before any damage can be done.

Offering Darktrace is just one of the ways we provide our clients with the very best in securing sensitive data and systems. Think of Darktrace and Securities Information and Event Management (SIEM) logging solutions as the two components of an airtight cybersecurity plan:

  • Darktrace is a behavioral leader in the recent innovations of Artificial Intelligence that pinpoints abnormal activity on a network and reports that information back to AlienVault.
  • SIEM logging solutions are all about compliance, securing your systems proactively to meet the technology of the day, and the hackers who threaten that technology.

CIT IS THE BEST CYBER DEFENSE FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Simply put CIT, now armed with Darktrace AI, is the best cyber defense for your business. Whether you need to answer a compliance audit, or your business needs iron-clad cybersecurity in a rapidly changing technological ecosystem, CIT has you covered. Our new products and services are making cybersecurity technology work for your business.

Information Security Policy: But Why?

Why do you need an information security policy

Information Security Policy: But Why?

The word POLICY alone inspires a wince just reading it!  A policy is the ‘how to’ and “what to do’, for specific individuals or groups.  No one likes being told what to do or how to do it, right?   When it comes to protecting assets, a policy is critical.  Since Information IS an asset, information must be protected and controlled. More specifically, how it is accessed, used, changed, communicated, and even destroyed.

What is an Information Security Policy?

An Information Security Policy is the ‘how to’, ‘what to do’, and even ‘what NOT to do’ for information within an environment.  The policy:

  • Defines what information is going to be protected
  • Defines and communicates the protection measures that will be used
  • Defines the controls needed to access, use, modify, communicate and destroy
  • Sets guidelines on how the controls are implemented (Think Procedures!)
  • Communicates the controls used to manage information
  • Identifies the consequences of non-compliance

Yikes.  An Information Security Policy seems even more daunting than just saying ‘policy’ but isn’t as complicated as it first appears.

Who needs an Information Security Policy?

Arguably, everyone and anyone with information resources.  If information resources need management and protection, an Information Security Policy is necessary.  But is it that complicated?  Maybe not.

At Home, does everyone in the household know:

  • Who has keys or access to your house? Who is allowed?  How is access controlled or granted?
  • Who controls access to your wireless network?
  • The “Parental Controls” on app download or purchases?
  • Consequences of ‘surfing’ inappropriate’ sites, or outside of set hours of operation?

Elements of an Information Security Policy may be disguised as normal rules in a household (above) like the examples above.  Repercussions of going outside rules at home are typically never documented, but very real. Consequences are known and enforced, and likely not written down anywhere.  While effective within a household, “Go ask Mom”, “Dad said no” or “You’re grounded” aren’t necessarily effective management and enforcement in an organization.

In an organization, it is fundamentally the same as management within a household but requires more standardized definition and documentation.  The risk to information resources is greater in an organization, and realistically, behavior in an organization can’t be managed with just normal household rules.  A documented and communicated Information Security Policy is crucial to the control and management of information resources to mitigate the greater risk.  Information protections might include, but would not be limited to:

  • Identifying critical resources to users, and how access to the resources is gained and managed
  • Outlining what is allowable, and not allowable by users with company-owned devices
  • Clearly defined consequences of non-compliance or inaction.

For an organization, an Information Security Policy must be succinct.   It is essential to communicate the rules of engagement, surrounding information protection.  It protects the organization, its information, and its users.

Why?

It’s important.  REALLY important.

An Information Security policy is the key to a good security program, allowing users to understand information is a valuable resource.  An Information Security Policy takes the guesswork out of security management by setting standards, defining behavior expectations, and documenting procedures, to meet the accepted level of security risks to information within an environment.

At home or in any organization, the definition, communication, and enforcement of an Information Security Policy, improves the safety and security of the critical mass

CIT Opening 2nd Location in Rochester, MN

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CIT Opening in Rochester, MN

“Rochester has been the home of various CIT customers over the years and one of our top values is our relationship with the businesses we support. Having local staff that lives and works in Rochester means we can have a better understanding of the technology needs and concerns on a local level. We are very excited to be an active member of the Rochester community.”
– Kyle Etter, President and CEO

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Computer Integration Technologies, Inc. (CIT)

2571 Clare Ln NE Unit 107
Rochester, MN 55906

Phone: 507.513.7810

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Prepare For and Prevent Ransomware Attacks

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Prepare For and Prevent Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attacks, such as CryptoLocker, CyrptoWall, Locky, Chimera, Zepto, and the like, have become one of the best money-making exploits for cyber-criminals, with new variants appearing on the scene every month.  These attacks usually start with a phishing email and a ZIP file attachment or a malicious link, so email vigilance can help.  But there have been some variants that open the attack using other means including sophisticated exploit kits that take advantage of system vulnerabilities.

Once the attack has completed, the only way to decrypt your files is to pay the ransom for the decryption key, or to restore your files from a good, working backup.  

The best defense is to avoid the infection in the first place.  Here are 9 tips to help you:

  1. Training – Cybersecurity awareness training can teach your employees how to recognize phishing emails, and teach them about the dangers of email attachments and links.  Learning how to confirm the authenticity of an email by confirming with the sender, or analyzing links and attachments with a tool such as VirusTotal can do more to protect your business than almost any other tactic.
  2. Know what you own – Having an accurate inventory of everything attached to your network will prevent an attack from being launched from an unknown, old, or unpatched system.  Software tools such as Network Detective can help round up that information.
  3. Patch and update – Keeping operating systems and software updated is critically important.  Most updates address security issues that could be exploited by an attacker.
  4. What’s it worth?  – What is the cost to the company if your data is held for ransom?  Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital paid $17,000 for the key mainly because it was cheaper than restoring everything from backup.
  5. Current working backups – It’s pretty hard to restore from backup if you don’t have them.  Another important task is to actually test the backup and see if it works.  Many a restore has failed because nobody ever tested it before it was needed.  Offsite or cloud-based backups can be an important option, too.
  6. Network segmentation –  Flat networks, where everyone is connected to the same subnet and can access anything make it easy for an attacker to do the same.  Using VLANS and other network segmentation techniques and keep an infection from spreading to every computer
  7. Pentesting – Your IT staff or contractor should be performing regular vulnerability assessments and penetration tests to find the holes in your network security.  If you need outside help for this activity, get it.  Find someone who specializes in this work.
  8. Fire drill – Have a process for employees to follow to alert the IT staff and warn other employees of suspected phishing and other attacks.
  9. Remote Access – If employees, vendors, suppliers, contractors, or customers have access to your network, you are only as secure as the weakest of the bunch.  Make sure everyone with access to your network is adhering to your security standards.

This is a short list of preventive activities your company can undertake to prevent and attack. For further Cybersecurity services and solutions offered by CIT, contact us at 651.255.5780.

Cybersecurity for Business | Part 2

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Cybersecurity for Business | Part 2

Educating yourself never stops, nor does CyberSecurity for your organization. We hope you take the few minutes to review our security talking points.

In Part 1 of this article, we highlighted some of the challenges of passwords and their management. In Part 2, we would like to focus on what can be done to help improve the process of creating passwords as well as provide insights into the management of them. In Part 1 of this article, we highlighted some of the challenges of passwords and their management. In Part 2, we would like to focus on what can be done to help improve the process of creating passwords as well as provide insights into the management of them.

What can you do? There are several recommendations that will help improve personal and business security. One of the best places to start is with passwords. It is highly recommended that users have a unique, strong password for each login.

What is considered a strong password? 

It is recommended to use passwords that contain a combination of lowercase & uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Although the Summer18! password meets these criteria, it is easily guessed. To help mitigate this risk, users are asked to create passwords that do not contain:

  • Dictionary words
  • Names
  • Significant dates such as birthdates, anniversaries, etc.

To create a strong password, it is recommended to create a passphrase. Once you have a phrase, you can then use that to create a password that is both complicated and difficult to guess while remaining easy to remember.

  • Phrase: Tom Brady wears number 12 and plays for the Pats.
  • Password: TBw#12&pftP

Taking it to the limit with Password Managers. 

Balancing the desire for easy-to-use passwords and requirements of secure passwords is often difficult. Another solution that can help with the stresses of needing so many passwords that are unique are Password managers, such as PassPortal. These tools are designed to help alleviate this issue by storing all your passwords. To access your password vault, a single password is required. Once inside the vault, users can access all their other passwords. To further secure the vault, it can be paired with a multi-factor authentication tool.

We are more than happy to schedule a meeting to discuss all services and solutions as it relates to security for your organization.

Cybersecurity for Business | Part 1

Cybersecurity for Business | Part 1

Educating yourself never stops, nor does CyberSecurity for your organization. We hope you take the few minutes to review our security talking points.

As your trusted IT partner, we wanted to take a moment to speak to the ever-growing discussion regarding passwords. 

As technology becomes an integral part of business and our personal lives, employees are faced with the challenge of managing all their passwords.

What would be the typical outcome?

In 2012, the average user managed 6.5 passwords. By 2016, this average increased to 25 accounts. As social media as well as businesses expand products and services, this number continues to grow exponentially. With so many accounts to manage, users rely on a few habits to help them manage so many passwords. This includes writing passwords on a sticky note or in a notebook and which is often left in a convenient place, such as at their desk. Additionally, employees begin reusing the same password between websites or slightly modifying the same core password. For example, Summer17! and Summer18!. If a password is successfully phished, the same password could be used to access any number of websites where passwords may have been reused.

In a recent report1, it was discovered that 1/3 users reuse at least one password. Over 50% of users reuse and modify the same password.

Weak passwords are commonly used because they are easier to remember. Paired with the reuse of passwords, this leads to further security risks.

Okay, but I hate passwords! As mentioned previously, since the average person manages so many accounts, users tend to rely on passwords that are convenient, easy to type and remember. Below are the top 10 worst passwords for 20172:

123456123456789
passwordletmein
123456781234567
qwertyfootball
12345iloveyou

If you are using any of the passwords listed above, we’d highly recommend changing them today! For additional insights on improving passwords and usage look for part 2 of this series next week.

1 The Next Domino to Fall: Empirical Analysis of User Passwords across Online Services [Research Study] http://people.cs.vt.edu/gangwang/pass.pdf
2 SplashData’s Top 100 Worst Passwords of 2017 https://s13639.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Top-100-Worst-Passwords-of-2017a.pdf

Cybersecurity for Government Agencies – The Ultimate Guide

Cybersecurity for Government Agencies – The Ultimate Guide

Cyber threats to government agencies are increasing in volume and sophistication, making it very difficult to keep up with the ever-changing cybersecurity needs and strict compliance mandates required of government agencies. More than ever, our economic vitality, national security, and even our daily lives depend on a stable, safe, and resilient cyberspace. 

The best step you can take to make sure your office’s sensitive data is protected is to get ahold of CIT. We are a local IT company that serves a wide variety of city, county, and state agencies like yours. That is why we’ve put together this quick checklist to help you get everyone in the office on the same page with IT security.

Cybersecurity Checklist for Government

While CIT can lock down your devices and IT systems, one of the most common methods hackers use to get into your system and steal your sensitive data is by phishing. Getting your employees working together to be aware of phishing is the next best thing to hiring CIT to secure your information and digital systems.

1. Use Secure Passwords and Change Them Often

Protecting your networks, customer information, online banking, and social media. To have the best practice in secure passwords:

  • Use strong passwords, like those created from any online password randomizer
  • Consider using multi-factor authentication
  • Change passwords every 60-90 days
  • Consider using a password manager
  • Never post your password in the view of other people.

2. Back Up Your Data and Prepare for Disaster Recovery

One thing linking fires, floods, explosions, or natural disasters is their unpredictability. Another commonality to unforeseen disasters is, they have the capability to completely destroy systems that contain valuable information. Backing up your data is the best way to protect your agency from data loss due to damaged servers or malicious code such as ransomware.

The ability to restore or recover your data from frequent and current data backups and a disaster recovery plan will help save valuable information. We recommend you begin a process of automated backups to fully and securely copy your data, preferably on a server in an offsite location. The data you replicate and save in these backups should be easily accessed and up to date. Periodically check to make sure your backups are occurring as scheduled.

3. Encrypt Your Data

Many people don’t realize how much sensitive information is on our laptops, smartphones, and USB drives. An even more surprising amount of confidential, sensitive information could be found in almost any of the documents commonly stored on these devices such as spreadsheets and PDF files, emails, documents, and scanned images. Encrypting your data is the best way to protect your sensitive information. 

Encrypting your data is so useful that even many federal and state regulations consider data encryption as a “safe harbor.” This means if a mobile device is lost or stolen and the data on that device is properly encrypted, local laws would not require the incident to be reported.

4. Employee Security Training

Every agency’s security protocols are only as secure as its weakest link. Employees who understand the risks to sensitive information and the threat of data breaches are one of the best defenses to preventing phishing and ransomware from getting into your systems. 

Proper security training involves more than just being on the lookout for phishing emails and attachments and phishing websites. A savvy culture of IT security takes a bit of research to stay current with new scams and the creative attacks every day, and staff should be made aware of these scams.

5. HIRE CIT TO PROTECT YOUR STATE OR FEDERAL AGENCY’S SENSITIVE DATA AROUND THE CLOCK

CIT partners with Darktrace, Barracuda, Zix, AT&T Security, and more to put the best tools in place. When it comes to cybersecurity, we have the solutions to protect your privates. 

Hackers love going after government and public safety agencies because they are rich invaluable data and often do not have the budgets to protect themselves as vigilantly as businesses in the private sector. That’s why you need CIT, a local IT company that serves a wide variety of city, county, and state agencies like yours.

With over three decades of experience and industry-leading partners like AlienVault™, we can help you stay safe and compliant. BCA or CJIS questions? SOC 2® audit? We have your back. CIT will help your data stay secure — so your agency can focus on serving your community.

IT Security in Manufacturing: Your Market Edge

Cybersecurity for Manufacturing

Cybersecurity for the Manufacturing Industry

It is not often we can pinpoint an exact sea change for trends in cybersecurity, but the manufacturing industry experienced an IT security awakening in 2010. It was September to be exact, when the Stuxnet computer worm, the first malware to attack real-world devices such as centrifuges and other machinery, was discovered.

Before Stuxnet — which was believed to have been in production as early as 2005 — not many people would have predicted real-world devices would be hackable. But Stuxnet revealed that the controls, equipment, and mechanisms of manufacturing were not only hackable, but viable targets for bad actors to disrupt industries, economies, and even entire nations.

Along with innovations in hacking, innovations in the manufacturing sector made the need for IT in manufacturing more necessary than ever.

Read on to find out what makes IT security so essential, from the shop floor and manufacturing processes to the supply chain and your end-users. 

Risk Assessment Gap: Why Cybersecurity Was (and Still is) Challenging for Manufacturers

In short, old habits die hard. Before Stuxnet, security measures in manufacturing had yet to become a priority.

It’s not that manufacturers were cavalier with their trade secrets or sensitive information — in theory, cyberattacks posed less of a threat to manufacturing since controls, operational technology, and sensitive information were largely real-world and non-digital. Also, cyberattacks were believed to be solely about extorting and holding for ransom digital assets for money.

After Stuxnet however, manufacturing firms began to get the message. Fearing their machines and equipment would become the next target, many businesses began to update their IT protections. But change has been slow. Many businesses face daily challenges prohibiting them from making IT security an urgent priority and still have a long way to go.

Why Are Manufacturers Slow to Make Cybersecurity a Priority?

The daily challenges for manufacturers — replacing or updating aging equipment or facilities — will always be a top priority because they are obvious: a leaking roof, for example. Taking measures to protect your Industry Control Systems (ICS) with IT security and safety procedures can be seen as protection against a theoretical threat. It is usually easier to attend to immediate needs.

It’s not that businesses have incorrectly calibrated priorities, they are bound by operating margins that are often too thin to allow for additional and costly ventures. Especially when those ventures face the persistent dilemma of a perception gap: that real-world mechanisms aren’t hackable.

But with rapidly evolving technology in the manufacturing sector, paired with the mercurial and shifting motives of hackers, IT security for manufacturers has become a very real and urgent priority.

Innovations in Manufacturing and a New Kind of Cyberwar

By 2017, the ominous warnings of Stuxnet had materialized and grown into a monster. 2017 was the year that 34% of all cyberattacks targeted manufacturers. The businesses that had spent money and years of work to modernize their equipment discovered that once they got up to speed with digital manufacturing, there were a host of modern pitfalls waiting for them.

Years of growth in digital manufacturing resulted in fewer humans at the controls of manufacturing. Even industries like farming are becoming completely automated. Specifically in manufacturing, however, human controllers have been replaced with automated ICS.

While delivering many benefits, ICS have increased vulnerabilities on two levels:

  1. A variety of loopholes can be found in the connected devices of remote terminal units, programmable logic controllers, control interfaces, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) communication systems.
  2. The internet of things (IoT) for automation or remote-controlling of distribution, production, or handling systems run by software and internet-linked devices that run most ICS.

The manufacturing industry has seen a rise in sophisticated malware attacks specifically targeting weaknesses in ICS. With moves towards modernization, motivations for cyberattacks were now shifting toward manufacturers. Hackers began infecting them with ransomware, conducting industrial espionage and data theft of account numbers, patents and trade secrets.

These attacks are crippling because they are sophisticated and often undetected — at least not immediately. They allow hackers time to establish a foothold that provides free rein to wreak havoc over extended periods.

Unfortunate Reminders Accelerating the Need for IT Security

As if this wasn’t enough, 2017 would also deliver a new reminder to the urgency of cybersecurity — two actually. First in May: the WannaCry ransomware cryptoworm. Then in June, the payload of NotPetya’s family of encrypting ransomware was unleashed. Manufacturers from a variety of industries including automotive (Nissan and Renault), pharmaceuticals (Merck), even snack foods (Mondelez), and others were affected.

After these two cyberattacks randomly proliferated malware around the globe, many businesses had to switch their production controls to operate manually (if they had that capability). Businesses of every sector began hemorrhaging capital, finding they were unable to do business with anyone else. Seemingly unrelated businesses suddenly found themselves linked by a mutual inability to buy or sell anything.

Most importantly, these cyberattacks revealed that hackers are not just going after money. It was now conceivable that some nations had the capability and motivation to disrupt or destabilize a political campaign or the national security of their enemies. Manufacturing, along with a host of other industries, was simply swept up in the fallout. 

These two cyberattacks, while not aimed directly at the manufacturing sector, would inspire a swell of manufacturing IT services. Wannacry and NotPetya turned IT security for manufacturing into a basic security measure — one where many manufacturers are now finding a market edge.

Manufacturers Get Their Market Edge with IT Security

It is not often a business can kill two birds with one stone, let alone two giant birds: securing your company from cyber threats while enjoying the benefits of a market edge over your competitors. 

Meanwhile, those who continue to ignore the importance of cybersecurity in manufacturing will most likely secede influence in their market because of being hacked: 

  • Patents or proprietary information stolen, deleted, or sold to competitors
  • Sensitive inter-company communications
  • Processes and formulations developed to create a better product faster
  • Sensitive supply chain information
  • Distribution and product locations, which could be used for stealing products during shipment

The list goes on. Businesses cannot ignore the immediate needs posed by a leaking roof or broken CNC Mill. In the same way, your company cannot afford to ignore weaknesses in your industry’s control systems, software, or anywhere else a hacker may gain access to your private information.

The Simple Solution: CIT Services for Manufacturing

With CIT, you can rest assured that your information is protected, from the controls on your shop floor to the financial and personal information of your end-users. Whether you’re a small, mid-size or large scale production, if you need data protection for your business, please fill out our form and we’ll be in contact with you right away.