Powered in part by the growing use of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, cybersecurity has surged to become one of the leading concerns for global manufacturers, according to a recently released study.

Cybersecurity has long been a hot-button issue for companies in the financial services, health care, retail, and energy sectors because these companies often host vast stores of sensitive consumer data. Historically, manufacturers have been less concerned. But with global manufacturers increasingly utilizing IoT technologies—which everyday technologies use to “speak” with one another by enabling network connectivity—concern over cybersecurity has dramatically risen.

This publication was written by members of Ballard Spahr’s privacy and data security and product liability and mass tort groups: Edward J. McAndrew, Neal Walters, Philip N. Yannella, Michele C. Ventura.