Protect Manufacturing IP and Other
Sensitive Content When It Is Sent and Shared

The modern manufacturing sector is no stranger to the challenges of managing sensitive content communications, compliance, and privacy. Increased global interconnectivity, regulatory obligations, and the need to secure valuable intellectual property (IP) all conspire to create a complex landscape for these companies. The risks of sharing large, sensitive files, unauthorized access, and production delays caused by document mismanagement are just a few of the concerns facing this industry.

Enter Kiteworks: the robust, comprehensive solution that effectively addresses these challenges. Kiteworks Private Content Network empowers manufacturing and engineering firms to securely design, manufacture, and innovate, while confidently protecting their intellectual property exchanged via email, file sharing, managed file transfer, and web forms. Kiteworks delivers centralized file access, secure communications with supply chain partners, and total control over who can access and share trade secrets. Further, with Kiteworks, not only will manufacturers comply with critical regulations like GDPR and ISO/IEC 27001, but they will also establish a formidable defense against cybersecurity threats.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cybersecurity is critical for engineering and manufacturing firms because they deal extensively with confidential information related to product designs, clinical trials, and manufacturing processes that provide a significant competitive advantage. Some common cybersecurity threats faced by these firms include phishing attacks, ransomware, sabotage, intellectual property theft, industrial espionage, and supply chain attacks.

Engineering and manufacturing firms can ensure that their supply chain partners are following cybersecurity best practices by implementing a vendor risk management strategy, featuring the inclusion of cybersecurity requirements in supply chain partner contracts and conducting regular audits of their security measures. It is vital for engineering and manufacturing firms to have clear communication and collaboration with their supply chain partners to ensure that everyone is aligned on cybersecurity practices and any potential risks are identified and addressed proactively. This helps to ensure that intellectual property remains safe from theft or unauthorized access.

Engineering and manufacturing firms need to protect their trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. Examples include product designs, manufacturing processes, customer data, financial information, recipes, and inventions.

Employees play a critical role in supporting and maintaining a high level of cybersecurity excellence for engineering and manufacturing firms. Employees should be trained, for example, on cybersecurity best practices, such as how to recognize and avoid phishing scams, how to create strong passwords, and how to securely handle sensitive information. Employees also need to be aware of their company’s security protocols and report any potential security threats or breaches to their security teams.

Engineering and manufacturing firms can drastically improve their cybersecurity posture by implementing a strong cybersecurity program that includes firewalls, encryption, secure file sharing, access control, multi-factor authentication (MFA), data loss prevention (DLP), intrusion detection and prevention systems, and other security measures. They can also routinely train employees on cybersecurity best practices and regularly review and update their security protocols.

Yes, there are several regulations and standards that engineering and manufacturing firms need to follow related to cybersecurity and regulatory compliance. These include the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in the United States, the ISO/IEC 27001 standard for information security management systems, and many, many more. Manufacturing and engineering firms should consult with their legal and compliance partners to ensure they are meeting all relevant requirements and standards.



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