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Data Security Best Practices for Mitigating Risk

Data protection for manufacturers is not easy. With increased cyber-attacks, regulation changes, shrinking budgets, and a complicated political cross-border environment – data security can feel like just another burden on the IT team.

Today’s growing manufacturing organizations face IT challenges that include increasing costs, evolving business requirements and aging technology. Finding new solutions focusing on ensuring the right processes and technology are in place are important to the growth of many manufacturing organizations. With these in place, attention can be turned to the important business of innovation and attracting/retaining top talent.

Agility In Manufacturing

A manufacturer becomes much more agile through finding solutions that not only improve process but also bring together all the information needed to develop new products faster.  They also want to get them through the supply chain and on to the customer more quickly and cost-effectively.

With malicious insiders, external hackers and natural disasters on the rise, manufacturers must be proactive in protecting their data to avoid losing their competitive edge and credibility in the marketplace.

For many IT departments, dealing with sensitive information and increased regulation around how the data is used and stored has created increased pressure.  With structured and unstructured data – like CAD files, source code, business processes, proprietary systems and formulas being the most valuable intellectual property for manufacturers, finding systems to identify sensitive data is key to protect organizations before a disaster happens.  But for many manufacturers, the solutions are not cost-effective and don’t integrate well with legacy systems.

Out With The Old And In With The New

While finding new data security solutions can be hard for IT teams, the need to keep production running during an upgrade, paired with the uncertainty of what happens when you mix old and new systems can be daunting.

The reality is that a large proportion of manufacturing organizations have some sort of legacy system to maintain. Machines of various vintages and conditions, a Manufacturing Execution System, or an aging AS/400 can create more complexity and the need for comprehensive heterogeneous options as departments try to implement new solutions.

Compliance And Regulation

In the past, manufacturers simply had to pass an occasional audit if regulations were in place. With increased data breaches and the government taking a regulated stance on cybersecurity, manufacturing organizations have had to increase education and implement new regulations and standards that they are required to follow.

With the implementation of GDPR, many organizations are having to find new ways to protect customer data along the supply chain but understanding how the data is used and processed can be complicated.

7 Practical Tips To Protect Manufacturing From Gdpr Fines

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was created to strengthen how or