Stop IP Theft. Protect Trade Secrets.

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Why Threat Aware Data Protection for Manufacturing

All manufacturers must have a strategy in place to ensure the free flow of information across their global supply chains, while safeguarding that information from malicious insiders, nation states and cyber-criminals. Do not underestimate the capability and persistence of your adversaries. They are smart, nimble and more motivated than ever. They won’t stop until they reach their target—your IP. The most valuable IP for manufacturers is usually unstructured data, such as CAD files, source code, and formulas. The problem is, most data loss prevention solutions aren’t very good at recognizing or protecting this unstructured data.

Key Challenges

Manufacturers must protect their data from a range of threats:

State Espionage

Well-funded attacks by foreign governments or hacker proxies seeking economic, political or military advantage.

Insider Threats

Data loss by current or former employees, whether by malice or mistake, via egress channels such as email, media, mobile and cloud storage.

Corporate Espionage

Competitors stealing industrial secrets for market advantage, monetary gain or revenge.

Third Party Leaks

Trusted supply chain partners, suppliers, contractors and outsourcers leak data via backdoor access points.

How Digital Guardian Can Help



Digital Guardian with its deepest visibility into data, user and system events, can identify and tag sensitive data in real-time even before you develop formal policies. We accurately identify both structured and unstructured data – like CAD files, source code, business processes and formulas – the most valuable IP for manufacturers.



Digital Guardian platform detects when data needs to be protected by harnessing real-time analytics into risky user behavior, unauthorized system access, data movement or process violations. It flags anomalous activity and provide high fidelity alerts that filter out the noise.



Digital Guardian employs flexible and automated controls to ensure that sensitive data does not leave your organization. Our context-based and behavior-based rules automatically prompt users or block insider and outsider threats in real-time. Illegal downloads or exfiltration can be blocked and contained before the data is gone.



Digital Guardian empowers your organization to share data securely across the enterprise and with all partners, contractors and suppliers while also preventing unauthorized data access.



Digital Guardian provides a detailed audit trail to support demonstration of compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and other regulatory requirements.


Chemical/ Pharmaceuticals

• Formulas

• Business processes

• Supplier contracts

Aerospace/ Automotive

• Design specifications

• CAD drawings, Blueprints

Advanced Engineering

• Source code

• Designs

• R&D data

• Supplier contracts

Contract Manufacturers

• Customer IP

• Component lists

• Business processes

• Customer contracts

Case Studies

Fortune 100 Chemical Manufacturing Company

A $30 billion chemical manufacturing company turned to Digital Guardian to classify and control IP on its enterprise network after a data breach involving a privileged user caused over $400 million in damages. We now provide 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, this chemical manufacturer can put new facilities online fast in cost-effective global regions, knowing its trade secrets won't be compromised when working with foreign governments and engineering partners.

Trade Secret Protection & Forensics for F1 Racing

Digital Guardian secures trade secrets in one of the most competitive environments in the world: F1 racing. This 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 its competitors. Our technology protects highly differentiated information, from the optimized gas mixture in its racing tires to real-time track telemetry and next-generation engine designs. This helps ensure that the team's winning, world-class brand remains synonymous with innovation. Digital Guardian proved its ROI after user activity logs helped prove the guilt of a privileged insider caught attempting to steal IP for a competing racing team. Our identity-based event forensics directly resulted in the team receiving $100 million in restitution from the competitor. The team was also awarded that season's F1 World Championship title, which generated another $500 million in attributable revenue.

Semiconductor Manufacturer

A multibillion-dollar fabless semiconductor company with more than 3,800 patents worldwide for innovations in both wired and wireless technologies turned to Digital Guardian to protect its IP and maintain strict export control compliance. Digital Guardian agents were deployed on 12,000+ Windows and Linux endpoints across the enterprise – including file servers, Citrix servers, desktops and laptops. We now protect the company's IP while enabling and controlling its use among authorized internal and external collaborators such as contractors, partners and suppliers.

Top-Five Auto Manufacturer

One of the world's largest automakers needed to protect IP that was essential to its brand identity. The company deployed Digital Guardian across its vendor supply chain – which includes suppliers also used by competing automakers – to safeguard the information most important to its competitive advantage. We help the company eliminate many of the inefficient processes and procedures required to securely transact data with suppliers, thus lowering costs and accelerating its business. The company also uses 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. 

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