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Securing Digital Processes in the Manufacturing Sector

The use of digital technologies has radically transformed the processing and production industries: as more and more digital components make their way into industrial equipment such as control systems and heavy machinery, the line between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) is beginning to blur.

Networked components can greatly improve the efficiency of production processes, but also make the manufacturing sector increasingly vulnerable to digital threats. More and more businesses are forced to suspend their operations following cyberattacks: they have disrupted everything from aluminum production, to meat packing and the manufacturing of semiconductors.

Cybersecurity: Standards & Frameworks

Efforts by regulatory bodies, such as the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency’s National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), have so far focused mainly on voluntary frameworks, but this approach is likely to change as digital threats become more pervasive and persistent.

Many businesses already choose to follow recommended safety standards such as the NIST Cybersecurity Framework in order to protect themselves from the growing threat. Considering the devastating financial impact cyberattacks can have, it’s the logical choice to make.

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Secure Access and User Management

tenfold‘s IAM platform helps companies protect themselves from cyberattacks and ransomware by eliminating the security risks created by unnecessary permissions and accounts. At the same time, tenfold boosts productivity thanks to its automated user lifecycle management, which ensures appropriate access while cutting out routine tasks and account maintenance.

This is made possible through a best practice known as role-based access control: During its initial setup, tenfold automatically analyzes existing accounts to help you set up default permissions for different roles and departments. This process is also known as role-mining.

Once these roles have been defined, all you have to do is add users to the right role and tenfold will automatically adjust their permissions in the background. And this applies to all connected systems: the local Active Directory and file server, Microsoft 365 and Azure AD, as well as various third-party applications.

Access Requests & Reviews

To prevent cyberattacks and data theft, the default set of permissions is kept as small as possible in accordance with the Principle of Least Privilege, a widely recognized best practice in cybersecurity. Should additional permissions be needed, users can place a request through tenfold‘s self-service platform, which is automatically forwarded to the relevant data owner.

To ensure that permissions are only active for as long as they are in use, data owners are required perform regular access reviews for any resources under their control and renew or revoke permissions they have assigned. All changes made to access rights, including the results of access reviews, are automatically documented by tenfold.

Together with tenfold‘s powerful reporting tools, this help your organization prepare for compliance audits and prove that you have implemented effective access controls. Start a free trial today to discover tenfold‘s full range of features!

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