Data Loss Prevention for Manufacturing | Digital Guardian


Stop IP theft. Protect designs, formulas, business processes, costing, source code and more. Choose the solution rated #1 for IP protection by Gartner.

Here’s the Challenge

All manufacturers must have a strategy in place to ensure the free flow of information across their supply chains, while safeguarding that information from industrial espionage, nation state adversaries and malicious insiders. Manufacturers are also under pressure to meet increasingly stringent export requirements such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

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 protecting or even recognizing this unstructured data.

Here’s the Solution

Global manufacturing firms – including 7 of the top 10 auto manufacturers in the world - trust Digital Guardian to stop IP theft regardless of the data format - enabling them to share data securely across their supply chain.

Digital Guardian’s threat aware data protection platform provides the deepest visibility, real-time analytics and flexible controls to protect structured and unstructured sensitive data against insider and outsider threats.

Our platform secures sensitive data wherever it lives and wherever it is shared – across networks, storage, endpoints or in the cloud – performing equally across Windows, Apple or Linux operating environments.

Manufacturing Benefits

See What Data to Protect

Digital Guardian 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 Analytics and Reporting Cloud uses a big data cloud services architecture and innovative UI to aggregate and analyze millions of system, user and data events and turn all that data into human digestible intelligence. Analysts can detect and respond to threats – both insider and outsider - faster and more efficiently.


Digital Guardian’s flexible and granular controls empowers your organization to share data securely across the enterprise and with all partners, contractors and suppliers.


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

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Chemicals/ Pharmaceuticals

  • Formulas
  • Business Processes
  • Supplier Contracts


  • Design Specifications
  • CAD Drawings, Blueprints

Advanced Engineering

  • Source Code
  • Designs
  • R&D Data
  • Supplier Contracts

Contract Manufacturers

  • Customer IP
  • Component List
  • Business Processes
  • Customer Contracts

We Can Prove It

Trade Secret Protection & Forensics for F1 Racing

This F1 racing team uses 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. 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.


Secure Outsourcing and Operational Efficiency for a 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.

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