NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Four months after fending off an attack on its cyber network, Bridgestone Americas Inc. has made a full recovery.
And in the process, the U.S. unit of Bridgestone Corp., the world's No. 2 tire maker, has emerged stronger, more agile and more resilient, as it continues to shore up its cyber infrastructure.
"We're fully operational post cyber," Scott Damon, chief operating officer of Bridgestone Americas, told Tire Business—a Rubber News sister publication—in an exclusive interview.
"We're pretty much where we were (before the breach), and we did it within a week's timeframe."
It was early in the morning of Feb. 27 when Bridgestone's key internal systems were breached.
The cyberattack shut down computers at certain manufacturing and retreading facilities in North America and Latin America. Workers were sent home early from several manufacturing shifts Feb. 27-28, including those in Des Moines, Iowa, and in La Vergne, Tenn.
Other plants affected included the truck/bus tire factory in Warren County, Tenn., and passenger/light truck tire plants in Aiken County, S.C., and Joliette, Quebec. Bridgestone Americas operates more than 50 production facilities and employs around 55,000 in Canada, Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean.