No company is in a position to protect its own IT infrastructure one hundred percent from all conceivable threats. At least not at reasonable cost and if there are dependencies on systems from business partners and providers. That is why cyber resilience is of particular importance. The goal: a resilient IT infrastructure that effectively cushions the consequences of incidents.
The medium-sized manufacturing industry is characterised by a high degree of automation and deep integration with the production and supply chains of business partners - optimised performance through precisely controlled and networked processes. Digitalisation is the driving force behind this development and it requires a powerful IT infrastructure. At the same time, companies are becoming heavily dependent on this infrastructure. Even if only partial areas function to a limited extent, serious disruptions can occur. Process interruptions lead to failures in the production process, to dissatisfied customers and to additional costs.
It is simply impossible to protect oneself technically against all eventualities. The threat situation is at least as complex as the entire intricately interwoven system itself: For example, hacker attacks, ransomware attacks or data espionage have long been part of the daily routine of IT experts. In addition, power failures, technical problems at the provider or natural disasters can lead to disruptions. Not to mention human errors, technical defects and all kinds of other unforeseeable events. The conclusion is sobering: No, there can be no one-hundred-percent protection of sensitive to business-critical IT infrastructure. And yet there is a solution.
Cyber resilience involves a change of perspective: the focus is not on the threat itself, but on the consequences that a disruption would have on the company's activities. The goal is to mitigate these consequences and thus ensure nothing less than business continuity. Everything revolves around the question of how many disruptions a system can withstand before significant business damage occurs and what preventive measures should sensibly be taken.
Increasing cyber resilience is a process that cannot be implemented overnight and requires some fundamental considerations. For example, we recommend a comprehensive analysis of the threat situation, as this can vary greatly from company to company and from industry to industry. This is the basis for identifying the assets that are considered critical in your company. In addition, you should investigate the question of how disruptions actually affect the daily operational business. Only then can effective measures be discussed, checked for their cost-benefit ratio and finally implemented. Cyber resilience thus becomes a strategic component in everyday business for which you need a concept.
Precisely because the topic is complex and dependent on various individual factors, we have compiled extensive information and experience for you: In our whitepaper "Cyber Resilience - Resilience in the Digital Age", we address all relevant points in detail. We clarify what cyber resilience can achieve, how serious the threat situation really is for medium-sized manufacturing companies, how you can implement an as-is analysis in a structured manner and which typical fields of action there are to sustainably increase cyber resilience. The guide is available to you free of charge and without obligation.