Food & Beverage Cybersecurity Challenges
Modern food & beverage manufacturing facilities that operate dairy, sugar, oil and other types of production lines are heavily dependent on a variety of advanced manufacturing technologies. Companies that produce consumer packaged goods (CPG) or fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) are adopting Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)/Industrie 4.0 and standard connectivity technologies. This migration increases productivity and allows companies to focus more on innovation. The increasing productivity is coupled with new risks – such as operational downtime or product manipulation caused by a malicious hacker – which can jeopardize compliance with the FDA’s 21 CFR and good manufacturing practices (GMP).
Losing a production batch due to incorrect ingredient ratios, or manipulation of sugar levels or milk temperature, can cost food & beverage companies millions of dollars per production batch. Therefore, companies must ensure that their production management systems such as manufacturing execution system (MES) are running according to plan and are protected from malicious external intervention. Cyber threats are becoming more sophisticated, and with intense and growing competition, a company’s competitive edge can be put at serious risk by a cyber theft attack targeting the company’s proprietary manufacturing information and intellectual property.