Managing identities and ensuring that users have secure access to their applications is a challenge across all industries. However, for those in manufacturing, these challenges can be even more daunting: complex supply chains, fragmented IT infrastructures with both legacy, on-prem systems as well as cloud-based applications and a key business need to protect sensitive data and intellectual property. To solve these problems, manufacturers need to be able to centrally manage identities and access to resources; they need an Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution.
Not only are manufacturers faced with securing access for their own employees, they often have to expand their boundaries to include other participants along the supply chain. Suppliers, shippers and other partners need to be able to access particular systems just as easily and securely as employees access them. Both enabling access and quickly removing access can consume innumerable man hours. If this process has to be done manually it is vulnerable to human error and a user that is mistakenly still granted access to resources can become a serious security risk. An IAM solution can automatically grant users the access they need and revoke that access when necessary.
We recently surveyed over 600 IT and Security leaders and found that for those in Manufacturing, over 80% had more than 25 SaaS applications they were managing and still 37% of their workload was still being performed on-prem. These can be very complex environments that have grown over the years and now use multiple authentication systems, without any way to centrally manage them all.
Since company intellectual property can be key to the success of a manufacturing company, keeping that information secure is of the utmost importance. This means that access to this information must be secure no matter where a user is accessing it from. It is often hard to ensure this consistent level of security without a centralized access management system. A centralized access management system can ensure that users are always using secure and uncompromised credentials, that they are always prompted for at least two forms of authentication and could even deny them access if the login request is coming from a totally different location.
To find out more about how an IAM can help a manufacturing company, read our ebook, How an Identity and Access Management Solution Solves Security Challenges in Manufacturing.