The manufacturing sector faces a risk environment populated by multiple actors from across the motivational spectrum.

Manufacturers often possess valuable intellectual property making them a target for targeted intrusion actors carrying out economic espionage missions. They also possess financial assets of interest to eCrime actors. In addition, the sector conducts manufacturing operations in a wide variety of fields such as metals, petroleum, computer equipment, and transportation. These operations support an array of other sectors such as energy, technology, telecommunications, and transportation just to name a few. The integration between the manufacturing sector and other sectors increases the risk profile as malicious activity in the manufacturing sector could impact other sectors and vice versa.

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