Ransomware, insecure internet-facing systems and attacks against cloud-based services are among the top threats facing industry this year, according to new and recent threat intelligence reporting. 

The Q2 threat report released today by Rapid7 and detailing the latest tools and tactics used in cyber campaigns targeting the private sector, pegged the manufacturing sector as the most targeted industrial vertical in the second quarter, followed by the finance, retail and healthcare sectors.

Even as manufacturers have consistently ranked at the top of the list in previous reports, there was a notable increase tracked by Rapid7 between Q1 and Q2. Many industries suffer from outdated or insecure legacy tech, interoperability problems that prevent timely patches and other common issues, but Wade Woolwine, a principal security researcher and one of the authors of the report told SC Media the manufacturing sector in particular has “bad IT practices, generally speaking” and less regulatory oversight of their digital security practices compared to other sectors.

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