Take Action The quickening pace of technological advances presents significant challenges to risk professionals as well. Newer SCADA systems may incorporate security features, but for ease of installation, the vendor often disables them. As part of this, manufacturers should review configurations to ensure proper protections. Best-in-class manufacturers, defined as the top 20% of aggregate performance scorers, have been found to achieve higher overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and less unscheduled downtime while experiencing less than half the injury rate of average performers, according to Aberdeen Group research. Improved risk recognition and response enables a manufacturer to retain a long-term focus on differentiating its products on elements besides price, and on revenue enhancement, rather than cost-cutting measures. Maintaining an effective SCADA risk management program requires an efficient workflow tool to coordinate communication and task management across internal and external stakeholders. 2. Analytical tools and predictive modeling capabilities enable manufacturers to extract more meaning and direction from massive data sets. Manufacturers are faced with challenging ethics and compliance risks and regulatory requirements. You have the confidence to face external auditors; after all, you have confidence in your systems. Internal or self-audit prepares you for external audits. Manufacturers should engage in a physical security survey in conjunction that focuses on SCADA connection access. Several regulatory standards cover the manufacturing industry. As a next step OEC performed a 14 section audit on the entire manufacturing operations at