Protecting Manufacturing Assets against the Increasing Cyber Crime Threat

Date: 28 Sep 2021 to 28 Sep 2021
Time: 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Location: Online Event

This event will advise Manufacturing firms on how to protect their assets against the growing threat of Cybercrime.

With the manufacturing sector being listed as the third most targeted sector in 2020, with increases in ransomware up by staggering 435%, with around 77% of organisations not having a cyber incident response plan, the risk of a successful cyber-attack against an organisation has increased significantly. Supply chain risks have also increased with 43% of manufacturers in 2020 being asked by their customer or supply base to show evidence of a cyber security plan or guarantee robust cyber security measure before conducting business with them.

Common risks to organizations include:

• Reputational damage

• Loss of client data

• Loss of IP

• Financial loss through fines and revenue

• Sabotage of products and / or production tooling

Cyber security doesn't have to be complex or expensive and with good Cyber Assurance and with solid fundamentals in place, businesses can significantly lower the risk of being a victim of a cyber-attack. Hear about: - How sophisticated cyber attacks have become over the last few years - Why ransomware has become the biggest concern - Some of the basics manufacturing organisations should be doing to protect their business.

The event agenda:

• Setting the scene – the cyber security risks posed to manufacturers, Kimberly Mentzell, Cyber Lead, Department of Commerce, State of Maryland

• Strategies to minimise cyber-attack, from a moderated panel of Cyber experts, from Maryland, Midlands and Northern Ireland, based upon their experiences of assisting businesses: o Dr Tim Schilbach, CEO Penacity; Justin Smith, President Midshore Technology Services, Maryland o Simon Whittaker, CEO, Vertical Structure, Northern Ireland o Stuart Hadley, CyberQ Group, Midlands, supported by manufacturer CEPHA

• The approach taken by the State of Maryland, to encourage their manufacturing businesses to become cyber security aware and implement cyber security best practises. Government of the State of Maryland will address.

The audience is invited to (anonymously) raise questions prior to and during the event, for the panellists to address.

Please submit your questions to Rodothea Moraiti contact:


Events Programme 2021/22

Cyber Security for Small Businesses
Protecting Manufacturing Assets against the Increasing Cyber Crime Threat
How to expand in France and unlock the EU market?

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Partner Organisations

Worcester Local Enterprise Partnership
Coventry University
West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre
Midlands Engine
Marches LEP
Worcester 5G
Cyber Ireland