For those of you who know me well, you will understand that I am extremely passionate about food. I have also specialised in IT security for manufacturing firms since 2009.
When I was looking at manufacturing news and saw the two topics had collided, I thought it'd be interesting to comment.
In my time in the sector, I've been privileged to work with a range of manufacturers providing their high-profile customers with food products, car parts, composites for wind turbines and aerospace, and much more.
Our industry regularly talk about ICS and SCADA and the serious consequences of an attack. However, this Cadbury example brings the news closer to home (I am writing this with a half-eaten Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations bar on my desk).
The pain of having to re-build machines and halt chocolate production is a real consequence of legacy operating systems and un-patched systems. When time is not a luxury that security teams have, visibility and automation are key to reducing the time to detect and respond to security incidents such as this.
Cyber-attack halts production at Cadbury factory