Manufacturers are prime targets for cyberattacks. The reason: unprotected, aging IT systems that are easy to penetrate. Historically, manufacturers have done a good job in securing their operating technology on the factory floor but have neglected their IT systems. Lack of effective cybersecurity defense in place exposes their network of valuable intellectual property, product designs and customer information to data breaches without being detected. Here are four ways Magna5 can help organizations bounce back quickly to recover data in the event of a cyberattack or natural disaster.

2019 was a boom year for cyberattacks in the manufacturing sector. Some of the primary contributors infecting manufacturers included LockerGoga, WannaCry, GandCrab and BitPayment ransomware [Cyware].

  • A research conducted by IBM’s X-Force IRIS incident response team revealed that 50% of organizations affected by cyberattacks in 2019 are in the manufacturing sector.
  • According to the report, 60% of manufacturing firms were hit with at least one WannaCry-related attack in the first six months of 2019.
  • In January 2019, Titan Manufacturing and Distribution Inc suffered a cyberattack compromising customer data after its computer systems were infected with malware. The compromised information included customers’ full names, billing addresses, contact numbers, payment card details such as card numbers, expiration dates, and verification codes.

 

The stakes of protecting business-critical data have never been higher. An unexpected ransomware attack, fire, flood or other natural disasters can easily bring an organization to a grinding halt. For manufacturers, the impact of disruptive downtime can be immediate … causing significant loss of revenue and customer trust. Delays in fulfilling orders can directly affect future contracts.

Be Prepared for the Unexpected

With today’s integrated digital supply networks, smart factories and connected devices, data protection and recovery across multi-site locations and the entire lifecycle of manufacturing is paramount. Yet, too often organizations take the reactive path of “waiting” for a cyberattack or natural disaster to occur, and then discover too late they can only partially recover their data.

Magna5 helps prevent such a scenario from happening. Our proven approach incorporates five key elements to ensure your data is safe and available when you need it.

Offsite Backup Disconnected from the Network

The whole point of a reliable data redundancy plan is to avoid a single point of failure. Magna5 stores backups in a secure, cloud data center disconnected from the network for total protection. Offsite cloud backup disconnected from the network goes a long way to eliminate ransomware lockup or data being compromised. We can store protected data in the cloud with fully integrated deduplication and encryption support. In the event of a crippling data breach or disaster, Magna5 can restore specific virtual machines or an entire IT environment in minutes or hours, depending on predetermined Recovery Point Objectives and Recovery Time Objectives.

Regular Testing Managed by Experts

Failed backups are primarily due to lack of monitoring or loss of 24-hours of data from the last snapshot. Magna5’s seasoned engineers manage and support your scheduling, alerts and testing processing – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Centralized management using a single, unified platform allows complete visibility into backup and recovery operations. Whether on-premise, in the cloud or across multiple sites, we oversee all aspects of data backup and recovery management to ensure quick response to real-time data disasters.

Quick and Simple Backup

We support all file systems, enterprise applications, workstations, virtual platforms and documents, including Oracle, Active Directory, SAP, Office 365, Hyper-V, VMware, SharePoint and more. Two deployment options can be customized to meet specific customer needs – backup data directly to our secure cloud environment or store data locally and replicate it to Magna5’s secure cloud environment.

Solving Complex Governance Compliance Issues

Magna5 delivers compliant-ready data governance so organizations can streamline their information collection and handling. Our processes allow contextualizing, rule application and implementing regulation requirements to satisfy CGMP, MES, GDPR, PCI and more. We also drive accountability using real-time reports, audits, actionable forensics and history of sensitive information that needs protection. Using indexing and data analysis across disconnected information silos, we can easily discover and search data to meet regulatory compliance.

Securing All Endpoints

With threat actors penetrating new entry points, such as offered by the implementation of IoT devices, it becomes even more vital to secure all internal and external endpoints, including on-premises, the cloud, remote users and mobile devices. Magna5’s managed, cloud security can proactively monitor the security integrity of an organization’s entire infrastructure. Our security experts identify patterns of events indicating possible cyber threat, determine the risk and act quickly. We can also battle-harden your environment with multiple layers of defense, including firewall protection, vulnerability detection, virtual private network monitoring, content filtering, intrusion prevention, virus shield and failover options.

Conclusion

Safeguarding your data with reliable backup should not be a battleground. Managed data backup with seamless recovery provides customers with assurance their data and network recovery are in good hands. Let our experts do the heavy lifting of managing and monitoring your data backup activities so you can bounce back quickly to recover data in the event of a cyberattack or natural disaster.

Need a better way to protect your data to prepare for the unexpected? Learn more by downloading our free Data Backup and Disaster Recovery minibook. Or schedule a consultation with our experts.

Mike Penn

Mike Penn

Mike Penn joined Magna5 as Senior Content Developer. His role is to bring to life stories that inspire or inject clarity in how managed services and emerging trends can be applied to help organizations operate better and more efficiently.

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