Zero Trust Manufacturing

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Zero Trust Manufacturing

The rapid adoption of cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) is ushering in billions of connected devices that, left unsecured, represent a significant risk to businesses and consumers. Connected things include a variety of IoT endpoint devices across several critical infrastructure segments, including utilities, automotive, healthcare, retail, and building automation.

Complex manufacturing supply chains make it difficult to build electronic devices that can be trusted by both the manufacturer and device owner. A dizzying ecosystem of contract manufacturers, component suppliers, software developers, logistics companies, and systems integrators makes for an environment in which multiple security vulnerabilities can mushroom.

This complex ecosystem means that attackers have many avenues to compromise a device’s security as it is being designed, manufactured, tested, and delivered. The original equipment manufacturer (OEM), the company usually respon­sible for bringing the product to market, is often focused on building products that meet its custom­ers’ specifications while minimizing manufacturing and delivery costs. Frequently an afterthought, security is too often bolted on as a feature rather than being a critical element designed at the start of a product’s lifecycle.

With many supply chain partners, the reality is that you cannot trust the manufacturing process’s security to ensure that the hardware, firmware, or credentials of the device have not been altered. To ensure the trustworthiness and safety of devices, manufacturers need to take a “zero trust” approach and design security into the devices while maintaining effective security controls throughout the manufacturing process and product lifecycle. A zero trust manufacturing approach gives manufacturers flexibility when moving production to a different location with little downtime.

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