In spite of the enormous changes wrought by globalisation and outsourcing over the past two decades, manufacturing still plays a crucial role in the economic development of almost every nation. What has changed are the attributes required to succeed in that role.
To achieve the agility, responsiveness, and innovation necessary to compete in today’s industrial marketplace, successful manufacturers are increasingly turning to Information Technology to provide competitive edge.
Facts & Figures
“Wallix AdminBastion Suite proved perfect scalability and simplicity thanks to an all-in-one architecture.”
Thomas Lefaure, IT security architect
Industrial Control systems are at risk too
But fully integrating the Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) systems or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems into the daily operations of the business is a challenge which inevitably leads to a broad range of security risks. These risks are further exacerbated by the growing trend to outsourcing, as manufacturers look to exploit the economies of scale available to hosting and other service providers, while focusing instead on their core business.
Of particular concern, when tasked with the security of Intellectual Property or Industrial Control Systems (ICS), are the risks posed by privileged users, i.e. those with elevated usage rights such as admins and super-users. Although most IT systems are relatively well protected from external attack, insiders (or outsiders who have somehow acquired the access credentials of your insiders) are rarely controlled and monitored with adequate vigilance.
“Thanks to WAB’s all-in-one architecture, the product has shown that it is perfectly adapted to our perimeter both in terms of scale and simplicity. To summarise, WAB offers the best value for our requirements.”
Thomas Lefaure, ISS Architect at Michelin Group
Why manufacturers should consider Privileged Account Management
Privileged Access Management (PAM) refers to a set of technologies designed to mitigate the inherent risks associated with the privileged user accounts of administrators and super-users. By providing full control and visibility of the sensitive, daily tasks of such personnel, an effective PAM solution can greatly reduce the risk of attack, while helping to ensure compliance with the relevant safety and reliability standards.
Facing the regulatory compliance challenge
In addition to the responsibility to suppliers, distributors, customers and investors, to secure sensitive data, manufacturers must also comply with a range of industry standards covering areas from information security management (e.g. ISO 27001 and 27002), to the safety and reliability of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) (e.g. ISA/IEC-62443 – formerly ISA-99).
Meeting the manufacturing requirements with Wallix privileged account management solution
At WALLIX, we believe that the value of a software solution lies as much in its ease of deployment, adoption and usage, as with its functional and technological capabilities. WALLIX AdminBastion (WAB) Suite has therefore been designed not only to cover all risks relating to privileged access within Manufacturing, but to do so in the simplest, most intuitive way, ensuring that business challenges are addressed in the shortest possible time and with minimal disruption to existing workflows.