Managing information security risk

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Manufacturers and distributors may not be aware of their own vulnerability when it comes to information security. In the 2013 McGladrey Manufacturing & Monitor Report, more than three-quarters of businesses reported that their information is at little or no risk. Despite the concerns of some executives participating in the study, very few felt that their information is actually at risk.

There are, however, rising threats to information security, as account takeover and fraud are increasing. For example, a 2012 study of actual data breaches showed a 24 percent increase in the manufacturing and distribution sector.

While many of the reported stories of information breaches involve large, well-known companies, in the world of cyber crime only information matters. A risk-management program can help identify, prioritize and monitor risks both inside and outside an organization.


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