Cybersecurity at L&P: Keeping Up in a Constantly Connected World

These days, virtually any smart device can connect to the internet and exchange data. Although this technological evolution has its benefits, it also brings associated risks – especially for an organization like Leggett & Platt. With such a reliance on data and technology, we have a greater responsibility to remain vigilant against cyber-attacks.

Averted Disaster

In February, Leggett’s Cyber Threat Team was alerted to ransomware attacks on the Leggett network. As they quickly worked to patch the infection, the ransomware spread to the global network and various machinery. The possibility of the attack damaging equipment and interrupting production became increasingly real. Surprisingly, the Cyber Threat Team ultimately traced the initial infection to a factory vending machine.

Many wouldn’t necessarily think of a vending machine as a source for cyber-attacks, but in this case, the infection spread through file sharing technology once connected to Leggett’s internal network. A digital forensic examination revealed that the vending machine had been infected with a WannaCry variant – a worldwide cyber-attack targeting operating systems by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

Due to the quick response of the Cyber Threat Team, the threat was resolved before it caused any major disruptions or financial damage, but other companies were not so lucky, as it disrupted operations across the globe with over $4B in financial damage. Consequences like these remind us why robust cybersecurity is vital – even to the most seemingly innocuous of sources. Continue reading

Today’s Employee Town Hall Meeting

Last week, we announced an agreement to acquire Elite Comfort Solutions (ECS), solidifying Leggett & Platt’s position as a global leader in bedding technology and manufacturing.

Today, our CEO Karl Glassman hosted an employee Town Hall Meeting to discuss this important acquisition. Our employees from around the globe were able to ask questions of our executive leadership team and gain more insight into the future direction of L&P.

Town Hall

As excited as we are about strengthening our company with the addition of ECS, this is only week one of the journey. The acquisition is expected to be completed in January 2019.

Everyday Leggett Life: From the Skies

Josh Horton

“A gorgeous view from a plane ride to visit our LPGS branch in Chicago.” Josh Horton, Procurement Systems Manager in Corporate Purchasing. [Somewhere over Chicago, Illinois, USA]

“We visited our Pegasus facility a few weeks ago to capture video footage and photos of their products and processes around the manufacturing floor.” Evan Younker, Senior Video Editor at Creative Services. [Somewhere over Connecticut, USA]

Travis Almandinger

“My view while returning from a seminar in San Diego.” Travis Almandinger, Associate General Counsel & Deputy Secretary at Corporate. [Somewhere over California, USA]

“I very recently traveled with our Executive team to deliver a presentation and dialogue with employees from our Hanes operations.” Jason Gorham, VP of Human Resources at Corporate. [Somewhere over North Carolina, USA]

Photo Gallery: Comfort Food Cook-off

Last Friday, our Corporate Headquarters held a huge Comfort Food Cook-off — all to benefit United Way! Departments competed for the title of “Comfort Food Champion” with their best soups and chili. We also had a dessert raffle and baked goods for sale, and many of our executive management team helped to greet and serve meals to our employees. Altogether, we raised $2,800 over the lunch hour! Here are a few favorite pictures from the day.

We Help Students Get Jobs

Our recruiting team recently spent the day at University of Arkansas, talking with students about opportunities at L&P! Representatives from our Accounting, Finance, and IT departments also highlighted their internship openings.

Thanks for hosting us, U of A!

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Chris Hoven, Eliysha Mircetic, Joe Malin, and Jennifer Little – all part of our recruiting team – started the day with a selfie.

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Jud Fisher, Staff VP in Segment Reporting, talked with students about accounting opportunities.

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Jeff Bean, Senior Technical Specialist, showed off what IT has to offer.

To check out any of our internships, visit our Careers page!

Office Must-Haves: Grey Allder in IT

If you want to get to know Leggett & Platt, you should get to know our people first. What better way than by seeing a few of their favorite things?

Grey’s role: Advanced Network Analyst

Job in a nutshell: Assisting to install, configure, and monitor Corporate’s servers and file storage appliances, as well as assisting with server-based applications and utilities.

  1. Travel Book – I just got back from a vacation to Europe! Before I left, I enjoyed thumbing through the book during lunch. It was exciting to plan out my trip!
  2. Coffee – Morning and afternoon coffee helps maintain my focus throughout the day.
  3. A Favorite Photo – I remember the day this was taken of me and my girlfriend. I recently moved from Arkansas, and seeing this photo reminds me that I moved here, in part, to be closer to her. I’m grateful to have landed an opportunity with L&P.
  4. Backpack – In addition to holding my work laptop, it holds a few tools in case I need to go perform some work on a server.
  5. Pad of Paper – When I need to remember something important about an application or server, it helps me to write it down as opposed to just typing it out.

Want to see more? It’s been a minute since we’ve worked on this series, but we’re back! Check out a few Office Must-Haves from the past.

MFG Day Recap: Pizza and Partnership at Spring Hill

Last Friday, manufacturers across the United States celebrated Manufacturing Day, also known as MFG Day, by opening their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

This year, five L&P locations hosted MFG Day activities:

• Flex-O-Lators in Carthage, MO
• Flooring Products in Berwick, PA
• Genesis Seating in Kentwood, MI
• Davidson Plyforms in Grand Rapids, MI
• Adjustable Bed (Consumer Products) in Spring Hill, FL

Our Adjustable Bed branch in Spring Hill, Florida, hosted a representative from NAM (National Association of Manufacturers) and a Recruiter in Workforce Development at Pasco-Hernando State College.

They were also visited by students from Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School.

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Happy MFG Day!

MFG Day 2018

Today, manufacturers across the United States will celebrate Manufacturing Day, also known as MFG Day, by opening their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing. It’s a day meant to celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

From all of us at L&P, Happy MFG Day!