GRAND RAPIDS – By making a significant investment in cybersecurity, West Michigan manufacturers can avoid having their sensitive information getting into the wrong hands.

Just ask Jessica Dore, a principal in technology risk management in Grand Rapids at accounting and consulting firm Rehmann LLC. Dore works on the firm’s Corporate Investigative Services unit that performs cybersecurity assessments and vulnerability and penetration tests for clients in manufacturing, as well as banking, higher education and other sectors.

According to Dore, hackers are trying to “exploit vulnerabilities” by getting into various systems of sensitive data. Big data breaches oftentimes result from “individuals wanting to get access to financial systems” to transfer money out, which they achieve via phishing emails or “through other means of social engineering,” Dore said.

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