When you think of hacking, you might think of viruses or ransomware attacks where computers are unable to operate unless a bitcoin is paid to an anonymous cybercriminal. In the manufacturing sector, the reality isn’t quite so public.
First, the practical physical realities of the industrial landscape are challenging. With industrial devices, an exploit of a single, simple software vulnerability can have serious consequences. Depending on the actual setup and security posture of the target, smart factory attacks could severely affect critical goods, risk lives on the factory floor, and generate massive financial damage.