CISO Perspectives: Manufacturing Industry is Ripe for Disruption – and Cyber Attacks

Alan Levine, CISO for Alcoa (retired)
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Once filled with assembly line workers, factories today are a bee hive of machines. The shop foreman who barked at workers to keep up the pace has been replaced by a quiet technician who monitors machine activity on a computer screen. The internet of industrial things, or IIoT, has revolutionized the manufacturing process but with a focus on functionality, these machines and devices are susceptible to cyber attacks. The results can range from business disruption to product loss to something worse.

I recently sat down with Alan Levine, the former CISO for Alcoa to explore the challenges he faced and the lessons he learned in his role before retiring recently. In this video, Alan shares how technology has changed the manufacturing industry and, as a result, the industry’s risk profile.

CISO Perspectives is a blog series featuring conversations with chief information security officers from different industries. Each blog features a unique perspective on a variety of topics pertinent to the CISO profession and career. Visit our CISO Perspectives page for more blogs and videos.


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