Digital solutions and the Internet of Things (IoT) are now commonplace in the manufacturing industry and its processes, with some companies relying entirely on smart manufacturing.
These smart manufacturing processes are fueled by data and also generate various types of data - from machine utilization, productivity, error rates, through to employee and consumer data.
External attackers are specifically interested in this data: For the first time in a number of years, the amount of cyber incidents in this sector has exceeded the number of attacks in the financial and insurance sectors.
While production and company data must remain confidential to maintain the company’s competitive edge, personal data must be strictly protected in accordance with data protection legislation such as GDPR, CCPA, and LGPD.
However, at times, this data needs to be used and shared in order for the production process to run smoothly.
With effective data protection solutions such as data encryption and tokenization, data can be protected. With additional applications including key management, post-quantum cryptography, and digital signing, a secure and trustworthy IT environment can be established for numerous manufacturing processes.