A new report reveals manufacturers are at risk from inflated costs

 

The shockingly high cost of protecting against cyberattacks has been revealed with the manufacturing industry forking out around £2.12bn annually to combat the growing threat of data breaches and system outages.

Research from AVORD – a security testing platform – reveals that 89 per cent manufacturers have seen an increase in the number of data breaches over the last five years.

Opportunistic multi-national consultancies are being blamed for inflating the price of security testing in the UK, with many manufacturers being charged inflated prices to conduct tests on their critical assets. And with increasing fines for manufacturers found to be in breach of industry regulations, the cost of hacking can be huge.

Consultancies taking advantage

The findings put the spotlight firmly on the security testing market, which is dominated by consultancies who provide services to businesses, sometimes at twice the daily rate of an independent tester – often referred to as ethical hackers. With 77 per cent of UK businesses claiming the cost of testing is too expensive, there is a clear demand for change.

Over three quarters of manufacturers outsource their cybersecurity testing according to the research, with 73 per cent increasing the level of security testing on the Internet of Things (IoT).

A surge in cybercrime

Worryingly, 40 per cent of manufacturing companies have battled an online security breach in the past 12 months, which have directly hit their bottom lines through costly fines and loss of business. However, with cyberthreats constantly evolving and changing, nearly three quarters said that approving the target and regularity of testing is the biggest difficulty when it comes to cybersecurity.

Over the past five years, most companies have seen a major increase in the number of data breaches: one in five reported an increase of between 11 and 20 per cent, while more than a half reported up to ten per cent more data breaches.

The true cost of cyberattacks

As new emerging technologies are deployed, and applications increasingly underpin core business processes, firms across the UK claimed that cybercriminals are creating new ways to exploit vulnerabilities, which is putting increased stresses on them at an already challenging time.

The impact of breaches in the past 12 months has been wide spread, with 85 per cent experiencing a fine from regulators and 78 per cent reporting a loss of customers. Almost all companies confirmed that the breach was at least partially due issues in the security testing process.

A new era in security testing

AVORD promises to slash the price of security testing, with its free online platform bringing 1000s of highly qualified security testers together with UK businesses. The brainchild of two career security professionals, who have seen the market monopolised by major consultancies, it will enable companies to reduce their costs by 30-40 per cent.

“Quite simply, security testing has become too expensive for many UK businesses,” Brian Harrison, founder and CEO of AVORD, commented. “Companies are struggling to cope with the ever-increasing threats impacting on their attempts to secure systems at current costs. Unless something changes, businesses will be forced to cut corners, and this will inevitably mean there are more data breaches and system outages.

“AVORD has been designed to disrupt the current security testing model by cutting out the costly ‘middle-man’ consultancies and allows businesses to directly manage and engage security testers. This means that whereas industry currently pays up to £1,100 per day for cybersecurity testing, that cost will be reduced to approximately £600, collectively saving UK businesses around £3bn annually.”