Why It's Dire for the Food and Beverage Industry to Invest in Cybersecurity

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Brandon Bohle & Jason Weber (Veracity) | December 12, 2023

In the manufacturing world, where technology is the heart of operations, safeguarding systems, networks, and sensitive data is a top concern. This reliance on technology makes it even more important to proactively assess and address vulnerabilities to protect your sensitive information.

Be Proactive

The first proactive move is identifying where there are weaknesses in the system. To this, begin with a cybersecurity assessment for a better understanding of your systems and compliance with industry regulations. A steadfast commitment to cybersecurity is not just a matter of compliance; it's a strategic move to build confidence and credibility with clients and partners. If that's not enough, cyber attacks can damage your reputation, lead to financial losses, and bring legal liabilities. Whether conducted in-house or entrusted to external experts, the cybersecurity assessment process thoroughly reviews current security measures, pinpoints gaps, and provides actionable solutions.

As you choose who will conduct your assessment, consider their experience in your industry, as each sector and facility have unique challenges. The food and beverage industry, for example, is particularly vulnerable. If you're a food manufacturer, a disruption from a cyberattack can cause widespread concerns across the supply chain because of your critical role in food production. For the food and beverage sector and others, threats can extend beyond traditional cybersecurity concerns, including insider attacks, sabotage, and even physical threats for equipment damage.

Whether your operations have had one before or it's your first one, regular cybersecurity assessments are essential to protect your sensitive data and production processes.

See the full article on Veracity Industrial Networks' blog.