Cyber Security in Manufacturing Industry
Secure your high-tech manufacturing operations and produce devices with inherent security capabilities
The connected devices produced by high-tech manufacturers are attractive targets for cybercriminals, who seek opportunities to use devices for illicit activities, such as man-in-the-middle attacks, intercepted/manipulated data-in-transit and more. Entrust nShield® HSMs and data encryption solutions are trusted by manufacturers worldwide to address today's high-tech manufacturing security challenges.
Attacks on Connected Devices
Devices or attackers impersonating a trusted device or user could use that status to conduct a range of illicit activities, such as a man-in-the-middle attack, tapping into corporate networks, and more. Advanced persistent threats can take control of device software to steal customer information or intellectual property.
Insufficient security over code updates can allow hackers an entry point to the device in order to launch attacks or steal data from the device itself. Without adequate security measures at the factory, unauthorized code can also be introduced during the production process itself.
Unsecured manufacturing processes can lead to production of unauthorized units that can be sold on the black market, either with authentic branding or white labeled. This exposes the organization to significant financial and reputational damage.
Device Authentication with Digital Certificates
Manufacturers use Entrust nShield HSMs in conjunction with security applications to secure root signing keys and the issuance of digital certificates, which are injected into connected devices during the production process. Entrust nShield HSMs provides end-to-end protection of the certificate and key generation, and device insertion process, allowing for strong authentication of each device. Read our Polycom case study for a detailed example.
Secure Software and Firmware Updates
Without proper security over software and firmware updates, hackers can inject unauthorized code onto devices to launch attacks or establish a trusted connection to corporate networks. With strong authentication in place, using HSMs to establish a root of trust, the device can validate that any code being introduced comes from a trusted publisher.
The best practice to confirm the integrity of code updates and defend against the risks associated with software tampering is to ensure that code is signed highly secure signing processes with private signing keys protected by HSMs. Entrust nShield HSMs are trusted by manufacturers worldwide to secure their critical keys.
Ensure Only Authorized Code is Running on Devices
By allowing only authorized code to run on devices you can defend against:
- Hacker using the device's trusted status to tap into networks or conduct man-in-the-middle attacks
- Software that sidesteps organizational policies
- Erroneous or malicious code introduced by vendors in your supply chain
Analyst Report: The Role of Authentication in Manufacturing IoT
This paper addresses the authentication challenges facing IoT device manufacturers as well as device users, and enumerates resulting business impacts and specific recommendations.
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