Cyber Risk Management for Manufacturers

Manufacturing organizations are a growing target for cyber criminals. Ransomware attacks are becoming the cyber-attack of choice as threat actors recognize that a disruption at a manufacturer can have downstream implications on the supply chain, making a ransom payment seem like a quick fix.  

Manufacturing facilities can be a mix of legacy systems with new technologies and a mix of operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT). This type of environment presents many opportunities to exploit poor patching and vulnerability management hygiene. 

Manage Cyber Risk and Compliance in One Comprehensive Platform

FortifyData’s platform can help manufacturing organizations manage their cyber risk and regulatory compliance programs. FortifyData enables manufacturers to continuously identify assets, monitor patching cadences, view and manage risks by specific departments, perform third party risk management of vendors. Also, manage the applicable regulatory compliance (ISO, PCI DSS, DFARS/NIST 800-171, etc.) and questionnaire processes. FortifyData takes all this into account and also provides a security rating of your manufacturing organization as a quick reference point on how well parts of the business are in managing cyber risk. 

Why Manufacturers Choose FortifyData

  • We work with automotive, logistics, clothing, and food service manufacturers 
  • FortifyData provides a holistic view of cyber risk of the manufacturer, with the ability to drill down into specific departments or assets 
  • Prioritized view of risks with recommended remediation steps for identified vulnerabilities 
  • The accuracy of our risk assessment findings is based on continuous, direct, assessments of the manufacturing environment’s assets, services and processes that provide an up-to-date view of cyber risk  
  • Monitor cyber risk management progress compared to other manufacturing institutions 
  • FortifyData has been working with manufacturers across the globe to more accurately understand their cyber risk exposure of external, internal, cloud and third parties. 

Solutions for Manufacturing Organizations

Attack Surface Management and Risk-based Vulnerability Management 

Starting with asset discovery and inventory, our Attack Surface Management (ASM) identifies your IT assets as an attacker will. FortifyData assesses all ports and services of a Manufacturer’s external and internal attack surface and identifies the same vulnerabilities an attacker would. Our vulnerability prioritization capabilities help you cut through the noise and get a view of the vulnerabilities with the most impact that actually matters; you can view this across the Manufacturer or by specific department. You get a prioritized risk approach that considers context through asset classification, threat likelihood, and business impact, so you know where to focus time and resources on the most critical vulnerabilities to your organization. 

Managing Compliance, Improving Reporting and Communication 

FortifyData’s automated platform helps to streamline aspects of the compliance monitoring and reporting activities. The platform helps manufacturers to meet certain requirements (ISO, PCI DSS, DFARS/NIST 800-171, etc.) of various compliance frameworks for cyber risk management, assessments, vulnerability management and third-party risk management.  

Additionally, reporting from the FortifyData platform provides easy to understand reports with underlying detail to better report and communicate compliance management with stakeholders.   

Third-Party Cyber Risk Management 

Effectively evaluate a vendor and the specific service or product a vendor provides.

Gain visibility into third-party cyber risks with continuous assessments of their external assets. We integrate our technology assessment findings to our embedded standard compliance, or custom, questionnaires to perform auto-validation that saves time in reviewing responses. Keep up to date on the compliance of your suppliers with your policies, and quickly identify vendors that do not comply. Get the full picture of external vulnerabilities at your third parties with our auto-validated questionnaires that leverage the live assessment data conducted on their environment. This provides you with the answers you need more quickly (in the time to run an assessment) than a manual questionnaire process. Create custom questionnaires that are specific to each vendor. Easily assign tasks and collaborate and track questionnaires with our task management capabilities.

Speed up vendor evaluations by spending less time reviewing questionnaires with FortifyData’s Questionnaire Exchange. Participants instantly access shared validated cyber risk assessments and questionnaires, allowing you to quickly make risk based decisions.

Related Resources

E-Book: Six Steps to an Effective Third-Party Cyber Risk Management Program

FortifyData’s Cyber Risk Management Platform – Overview Video

Third Party Cyber Risk Management: Automating Product and Service Specific Assessments