PR Campaign Exploiting Manufacturer Cybersecurity

Author: Brian Karas, Published on Jul 20, 2017

Manufacturers increasingly have a bulls-eye on their back.

As cyber security solutions providers grow, they realize a great way to get publicity for themselves is to maximize coverage of exploits they discover.

In this report, we provide a behind the scenes examination of how one PR / marketing campaign came together, examining whether it is fair or foul and looking at the risks for manufacturers.

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