Cybersecurity has quickly become a top challenge for manufacturers and industrial services around the world. According to a September 2021 survey of manufacturing executives, 61 percent identify cybersecurity as a “high/very high priority.”

These challenges are especially pronounced as manufacturers turn to remote and hybrid teams to attract and retain top talent while maintaining operational continuity.

As a result, manufacturers are introducing remote operations capacity for OT systems, allowing employees, contractors, and trusted third parties to operate on-site infrastructure from anywhere in the world. While the benefits are multifaceted, the risks to critical systems are real. Off-site workers are more likely to compromise OT integrity as everything from phishing scams to distractions undermine cybersecurity initiatives.

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