21 May Manufacturing Cybersecurity
Network and Cybersecurity Solution for Manufacturing Firm
- Protect the manufacturing network
- Control costs
- Easy implementation and maintenance
- Scalable solution
- Corporate Office Network
- 3rd Party Systems
- Netgate security gateways
- No hardware license fees
- Flexible project and maintenance packages
- Scalable hardware
A large manufacturing firm with multiple lines of production across international locations approached us recently with the requirement to protect their manufacturing network. They needed a solid security solution with controlled costs and easy maintenance.
These are common requirements across manufacturing businesses that need to keep production lines up and running. Network security is a critical risk: nearly half of manufacturers have been the victim of cyber-crime, with the sector being the third most targeted for attack 1.
- Corporate Office Network: The corporate office network is where most companies’ workstations are connected and where there is most risk for an employee to inadvertently click on a malicious link. Attacks are getting more and more sophisticated so it is not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” an employee will click on the wrong link. If not contained, an attack on the corporate office could impact the manufacturing network and halt production.
- Third-Party Systems: To keep pace with innovation, third-party suppliers installed new Internet-connected/cloud-enabled equipment into the manufacturing process itself. Without complete control over these third-party applications, there were risks to their own systems if the equipment or systems became tainted. This risk could ultimately adversely affect the production line.
- We supplied several Netgate security gateways to segregate the corporate office network from the production line and to isolate third-party applications where required. Select and well defined communication rules are now in place to protect both the office and manufacturing network.
- We installed Netgate appliances running pfSense which requires no license fee to run. This addressed the requirement to keep costs under control and security defences high. pfSense is an open-source project with an incredibly well tracked record on security.
Find out here other reasons why businesses are now choosing open-source alternatives over the established closed-source firewalls.
- The project was structured using “project hours” for the work. We also offer flexibility in our support options that can be tailored to the level required.
- pfSense is scalable. One of our project task for this customer was to increase capacity of some of the firewalls. This was possible because pfSense is easily transferable to a different type of hardware.
The office and manufacturing network of our customer is now better protected, costs are under control and the solution is well maintained, flexible and scalable.
1 Research report: Cyber Security for Manufacturing, 2018, Make UK and AIG.