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State-Sponsored Hackers are Stealing Manufacturers' Trade Secrets
The U.S. Justice Department's 2014 indictments of state-sponsored Chinese hackers for industrial espionage should be a wake-up call for all manufacturers. Now more than ever, manufacturers must have a strategy and program in place to:
- Safeguard trade secrets from insider and state-sponsored threats.
- Secure offshore operations and outsourced manufacturing.
- Protect intellectual property (IP) and pricing information.
- Control information shared with partners, retailers, and distributors.
Rely on Digital Guardian to Secure Your Trade Secrets
Five of the world's top 10 automotive companies rely on Digital Guardian to help them protect their IP. So do many of the world's best-known brands in the aviation, energy, and technology manufacturing sectors. Ours is the only patented data protection platform trusted on millions of endpoints to secure against insider and outsider threats.
Put a Proven Data Security Strategy in Place with Digital Guardian
Protect IP in all formats, including CAD files
The most valuable IP for manufacturers is unstructured data, such as CAD files, source code, and formulas. Other data protection solutions can't recognize or protect all that data. Only Digital Guardian protects structured and unstructured data.
Cover all egress points
Digital Guardian monitors and reports on all egress channels, including email, media devices, and cloud storage. It prompts and blocks unauthorized sensitive data from leaving your organization — even if the data format has been changed or embedded in another document. And all sensitive data that is authorized for egress is encrypted before leaving your organization, providing full data leak protection.
Achieve complete data security without interrupting the flow of ideas
Digital Guardian automatically blocks and controls only those behaviors that pose a threat to your organization. This unique contextual awareness and noninvasive approach lets you minimize risk without slowing down your business.
Share data securely across your supply chain
Digital Guardian lets your organization share data securely across the enterprise and with partners, contractors, and suppliers while also preventing unauthorized data access. Its data protection capabilities span on and off the network as well as across virtual environments/VPN. And since all remote access is funneled through the corporate network, you can be sure your mobile workers are protected, too.
Maintain broad IP protection on a tight budget
Digital Guardian is the only data protection solution available on premise and as a managed or hybrid service. Our managed service is ideal for manufacturing companies with more IP than IT.
Comply with key regulatory requirements
Digital Guardian provides a detailed audit trail to support you in demonstrating compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and other regulatory requirements.
Mini Case Study: Fortune 100 Chemical Manufacturing Company
After a data breach involving a privileged user caused over $400 million in damages, a $30 billion chemical manufacturing company turned to Digital Guardian to classify and control IP on their enterprise network.
Digital Guardian now provides IP lifecycle management — from creation through production — on 50,000 internal endpoints across three continents, plus another 7,000 machines at supplier and partner sites worldwide. Our technology also protects trade secrets for plant and machinery designs.
With that level of protection, manufacturers can put new facilities online fast in cost-effective global regions, knowing their trade secrets won't be compromised when working with foreign governments and engineering partners.
"There are many levels of risk to our IP. We found one solution to flexibly handle each of them at the right level."
-CISO, Fortune 100 Chemical Manufacturer
Mini Case Study: Trade Secret Protection and Forensics for F1 Racing
Digital Guardian has experience containing trade secrets in one of the most competitive environments in the world: F1 racing.
A perennially favored racing team deploys an entire mobile IT environment at every race. They use Digital Guardian to prevent critical racing data and other IP from falling into the hands of their competitors.
Our technology protects highly differentiated information, from the optimized gas mixture in their racing tires to real-time track telemetry and next-generation engine designs. This helps assure the team's winning, world-class brand remains synonymous with innovation.
Digital Guardian's ROI to the team was evident after its user-activity logs helped prove the guilt of a privileged insider who was caught attempting to steal IP for a competing racing team. The identity-based event forensics directly resulted in the team receiving $100 million in restitution from the competitor along with award of that season's F1 World Championship title, which generated another $500 million in attributable revenue.
Mini Case Study: Semiconductor Manufacturer
A multibillion-dollar fabless semiconductor company with over 3,800 patents worldwide for innovations in both wired and wireless technologies turned to Digital Guardian to protect their IP and maintain strict export control compliance. They deployed Digital Guardian agents on more than 12,000 Windows and Linux endpoints across the enterprise, including file servers, Citrix servers, desktops, and laptops.
Digital Guardian now protects the company's IP while enabling and controlling its use among authorized internal and external collaborators such as contractors, partners, and suppliers.
Mini Case Study: Top-Five Auto Manufacturer
One of the world's largest automakers needed to protect IP that was essential to their brand identity. The company deployed Digital Guardian across their vendor supply chain (which other car manufacturers also used) to safeguard the information most important to their competitive advantage.
Digital Guardian helped the company eliminate many of the inefficient processes and procedures required to securely transact information with suppliers, thus lowering costs and accelerating business. They also use our solution to maintain PIPEDA compliance, a Canadian federal regulation for safeguarding employee records.
5 Practical Tips to Protect Manufacturing Trade Secrets
Five key recommendations to help evaluate if your organization’s security program can protect your IP from cyber espionage attacks.