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Why you need a Zero Trust approach in the design, manufacturing, and supply chain industry?  

The design, manufacturing, and supply chain industry is constantly upgrading its factories and infrastructure with automation and digital solutions solely to bring down the costs, improve sales, and better itself against its competitors. Most often, such upgrading involves plugging new digital and cloud services in its existing factory networks without taking into consideration the cybersecurity risks involved. 

What do the hackers want?

According to the 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Reportthe manufacturing industry has been experiencing an increase in financially motivated breaches (73%) along with cyber-espionage (27%) motivated attacks.

This industry is beset by external actors (75%) using password-dumper malware and stolen credentials to hack into systems and steal data.

Internal employees (25%) misusing their access to abscond with data also remains a concern for this vertical. The data compromised in this industry include credentials (55%), personal (49%), payment (20%), and others (25%).

Where lies the problem?

  1. Many manufacturing industries do not define or enforce, supplier security past the first tier of their supply chains, making them vulnerable to cyberattacks. 
  2. Cybercriminals target credentials and personal data and once a hacker has access to the system they can abuse the corporate access and move laterally across the corporate network looking for sensitive information for their gain.
  3. Many cloud storage systems are open and public. These systems contain information about customers and employees which can be easily downloaded.
  4. The smaller suppliers in the supply chain are more vulnerable to attacks as their security systems are not well-defined or updated. Cybercriminals exploit such small suppliers to bring down many of the largest manufacturing companies.
  5. Most of the manufacturing industry experience cyber threats from internal employees through phishing, direct abuse of IT systems, errors, and omissions, use of mobile devices, and unauthorized spillage of personal information.

Why a Zero Trust Approach is the only solution

Almost all data breaches involve access to a privileged account. Hackers use weak, default, stolen or otherwise compromised credentials to login to the system. 

This industry which is the second-most targeted industry for attacks, with its 4.0 industry technologies is one of the most data-prolific industries. The huge volume of data generated in these industries is more valuable to hackers.

They are hired to conduct industrial espionage, exfiltrating valuable data while infecting new systems to capture and sell such information. Only a Zero Trust-based approach that requires granting the least privilege access is capable of thwarting any such attacks.

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A Zero Trust approach to secure the supply chains and operations would help manufacturers to implement a least-privilege access. This will greatly minimize the attack surface, improve audit and compliance visibility, and reduce risk, complexity, and costs. 

In a Zero Trust approach, by securing the perimeter, manufacturers increase the probability of being able to better protect their data.

How SECUDE’s HALOCAD provides a Zero Trust approach to Manufacturing data

SECUDE, a trusted partner of Microsoft and SAP, has been in the data security field for more than two decades now and takes a structured approach to Zero Trust implementation.

Identity authentication is improved with dual authentication and existing software can be improved to implement ‘Least Privilege Access’.

SECUDE’s HALOCAD package provides exclusive add-in software to the major CAD vendor products so that they are compliant with Zero Trust methodology. Protected files can only be opened and modified by authorized users and thus, protection continues to remain even when the file is accessed by multiple users across companies. 

Watch the HALOCAD demo:

The three HALOCAD product suites are:

HALOCAD Plug-in for CAD Applications:

This is a plug-in for CAD applications and can be downloaded from the Microsoft store. It can be used standalone or in combination with HALOCAD for PLM. The HALOCAD plug-in can read protected files, enforce corresponding privileges and change MIP labels.

HALOCAD for PLM Applications:

This solution integrates with the corresponding PLM application and contains the functionality of HALOCAD PROTECT. Files are automatically protected during the access/download or checkout process (preserving the original file type extension) and are stored unprotected back into the PLM Vault during the upload/checkin process.


This is a standalone plug-in for CAD applications that can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store and the SECUDE website. This module of HALOCAD enables users to read protected files and always enforce ‘readonly’ privileges. This feature does not support the setting or modification of labels.

The design, supply chain, and manufacturing industry is the most vulnerable industry for cyberattacks. As hackers are becoming more sophisticated in their approach, manufacturers need to have a sense of urgency to mitigate such cyberattacks.

Zero Trust is the only approach that would enable manufacturers to implement a least privilege access, which will greatly minimize the attack surface and reduce risk and complexity. 



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