Over the past few months we have written on the emerging threat of ransomware and steps you can take to protect yourself and your company. One overarching trend is that perpetrators are moving away from “following the money,” where they target financial information or records to sell for gain, and instead have increasingly focused on holding organizations hostage. This explains the attacks on industries that provide time-critical services, such as health care and transportation. While manufacturing might not be the first organization that comes to mind when considering those types of attacks, the extorters are sophisticated enough to realize that disrupting supply chain and processes is a way to leverage a similar threat against manufacturers. With increased sophistication in sourcing, thin margins, and layered dependence of components, any sustained disruption to a supply chain or manufacturing process can be catastrophic to a manufacturer. This type of attack is discussed in the following article: “Take down: Hackers looking to shut down factories for pay."