Censornet: securing the future of the manufacturing industry

Censornet | January 14, 2020

Censornet: securing the future of the manufacturing industry
Manufacturing Global hears from Censornet CEO Ed Macnair who reasons that while digital might hold the key to the future for manufacturing in the UK, the cybersecurity risks it brings must be addressed. Faced with an uncertain future, British manufacturers are adopting next-generation technologies in an effort to boost productivity and remain competitive. However, while the Industrial Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics are disrupting how the sector operates, these technological developments are also increasing its vulnerability to cyberattacks and data breaches. As manufacturers become ever more connected, they must ensure measures are in place to tackle the growing onslaught of cyber threats they face, protecting their organisations against the theft of sensitive data and the disruption to their systems or operational technology.

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Today’s food and beverage manufacturers compete in an unpredictable industry that often seems to be driven by varying consumer preferences. There is a clear understanding that consumers want manufacturers to offer healthier options in a variety of ways. In January, Food Dive listed functional foods and snack options that were better for you as two of the top trends the industry will face this year.

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Today’s food and beverage manufacturers compete in an unpredictable industry that often seems to be driven by varying consumer preferences. There is a clear understanding that consumers want manufacturers to offer healthier options in a variety of ways. In January, Food Dive listed functional foods and snack options that were better for you as two of the top trends the industry will face this year.