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Cyber Security:


The manufacturing industry, including metalcasters, is the third


most targeted industry for malicious cyber attacks. ERIC APARNIEKS, ADVISORS INTERNATIONAL LLC (NEW BERLIN, WISCONSIN)


A few years ago, the phrase


“cyber security” was not in our vocabulary. Now criminals are bombard-


ing homes and businesses with cyber attacks daily. Te words malware, ransomware, phishing and botnet have unfortunately become commonplace in our vernacular. From reports of the hacking of the


2016 Presidential election to the more recent WannaCry ransomware attack which affected thousands of comput- ers worldwide, malicious software attacks generated in various parts of the world happen so quickly that often


individuals and companies are not pre- pared and are vulnerable. WannaCry exploited vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating systems. Ransomware is simply defined


as a type of malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer system until a sum of money is paid—essentially a “ransom.” It typi- cally invades your computer through a trojan virus, or malware that looks like a legitimate file. Once in, it locks your computer until you pay a ransom. Manufacturing and casting


companies are just as vulnerable as every other industry today. Attacks


are motivated by various factors. This could include financial, with attempts to steal banking or credit card information or more often the case, potentially valuable intellectual property or other sensitive infor- mation critical to the heart of the company. This could include confi- dential part drawings, specifications, email archives, and alike. According to a recent report gener-


ated from IBM X-Force Treat Intel- ligence Index 2017, the manufacturing industry rose to third place behind financial services and information and communication as the top targeted


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ARE YOU SAFE?


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