More Than Half of 300 SMB Defense Contractors Showed Critical Vulnerabilities to Ransomware

Defense companies face the same opportunistic cyber threats of any business – especially ransomware – but also the additional pressures from persistent, sophisticated foreign actors involved in espionage and the theft of vital intellectual property.

To help create a path toward a vibrant, secure Defense Industrial Base, BlueVoyant has partnered with Professor Steven Melnyk and his team at Michigan State University (the No. 1-ranked academic supply chain management program). We analyzed hundreds of defense contractors to identify clear patterns, as well as the steps needed to improve their security posture.

Key findings include:

  • 100% large R&D companies displayed network vulnerabilities, with 66% also showing evidence of targeting
  • 28% of SMB defense contractors fall short of basic, tier-1 CMMC requirement
  • Patterns that predict cyber risk in the Defense Industrial Base
  • Expert insight into the marketplace
  • Recommended actions to improve the security posture of the whole Defense Industrial Base