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Preparing our industry against cyberattacks

The manufacturing sector is facing a heightened threat landscape when it comes to cyberattacks. Ransomware attacks this year alone at three or more different Fibre Box Association (FBA) member companies prove that our industry has become a prime target for cybercriminals and attack groups.

By continuing to adopt greater levels of technology and connectivity, we create new points of vulnerability that can be exploited.

FBA is working to combat this through a new committee and increased cybersecurity information sharing with our membership.

In March, FBA created a Cybersecurity Committee to share up-to-date technology and information available to help protect corrugated industry companies against cybersecurity attacks. The committee meets monthly and has had many valuable experts speak on industry hot topics including:

  • FBI SSA presentation on the current threat landscape and what to expect when engaging law enforcement;
  • the risks and options associated with IT and OT networks; and a panel discussion on cyber insurance.

In conjunction with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – observed every October – FBA will be holding a free webinar on cybersecurity end-user awareness training. Members of the FBA Cybersecurity Committee, Ryan Bowen of Schwarz Partners/The Royal Group and Dwight Garraway of The Central Group will help users and employees understand the role they play in helping to combat information security breaches. The webinar is open to all companies/employees in the corrugated packaging industry.

FBA will also be increasing the number of articles and information we share on cybersecurity and the manufacturing industry during October on all our social media channels. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

It is our hope that these efforts will make our industry much less of a target for future attacks, or at least much more prepared when they occur.

If you are an FBA member company with interest in having a representative on the Cybersecurity Committee, reach out to Caitlin Salaverria at csalaverria@fibrebox.org.