Companies in the manufacturing industry are making great strides in the digital transformation of their business operations. Advanced manufacturing technologies are continuously being implemented to keep up with the need for producing current products. However, when organisations increase their cyber footprint, they expand their chances of being targeted in cyberattacks.
A dominant concept in advanced manufacturing technology is Industry 4.0, which refers to the current trend in manufacturing to make use of cyber-physical systems and large-scale interconnectedness between internal and external productive units. Cybercriminals have been able to capitalise on this connectivity between systems and manufacturing units by exploiting vulnerabilities found in unsecured supply chains, service providers, and partners.