Varonis 2021 Manufacturing Data Risk Report: Nearly one out of every five files are open to …

Interesting stats from Varonis on the state of information security in the Manufacturing sector, based on real analysis of a number of companies rather than the usual self-reporting we see in many surveys. The concept of ‘default deny’ appears to be ignored in most manufacturers. If you scanned files in your own organisation, what would you find?…:

[…] To understand the extent to which the manufacturing sector is protecting its sensitive information from these evolving threats, software company Varonis developed the 2021 Manufacturing Data Risk Report.

It examines the state of data security—on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments—for industrial manufacturers and engineering firms by analysing a random sample of data risk assessments in 50 companies—and a total of 4 billion files—to determine how data is exposed and at risk.


The report’s key findings include:

  • Every employee can access, on average, six million files on their first day on the job.
  • Four in 10 organisations have 1,000+ sensitive files open to every employee.
  • 44% of companies have more than 1,000 active “ghost user” accounts enabled.
  • More than half of companies have 500+ accounts with passwords that never expire.

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