As manufacturing companies continue to embrace information technology for increased automation, integrated supply chains, networked communications and data exchanges, and other Internet-enabled benefits, the importance of a mature, business-focused enterprise information security and risk management program becomes more evident. Manufacturing companies are increasingly falling victim to cyber-attacks and need to update their security posture to address the increasing risk. To effectively address security; people, processes and technology must be considered.
Many technology systems in the manufacturing industry were built upon proprietary vendor technology and solution and focused on data access, functionality, and speed. However, security features to protect the data and insure credibility, integrity, and availability were not a priority. In the past, production systems, which were separated from the networks, allowed organizations to operate with confidence in their information security measures.
Over time, public computer systems based on PC technology, Windows/UNIX operating systems, Ethernet networks, and TCP-IP communication evolved and their capabilities increased. Now vendors often develop their solutions based on commercial off the shelf (COTS) systems to maximize potential market share and to provide familiar platforms to the end users. This has resulted in the influx of open technologies like Windows, IP and Ethernet in current production systems. This has led to even greater security information security challenges. Therefore, in recent years control systems have changed which require organizations and executives to respond quickly to address information security needs. Executives need to understand the business and security needs of the organization when making decisions. Executives will need to have timely and accurate information to make informed decisions regarding information security.
The MCGlobalTech Enterprise Information Security Management (EISM) Service addresses the need for a consistent and unified approach to the overall IT Security life cycle. The service was developed to minimize the time to value, that is, the time between recognition of manufacturing security needs and delivery of the information security services. Our framework also delivers a high-quality service and ensure good communication throughout a project. When working with IT operations and project teams, we should focus on three key objectives:
- Understanding the business and operational needs of the service and create a solution that delivers these within the specified constraints.
- Efficiently deploying the solution to users with as little disruption to the business as the service levels specify.
- Operating the solution with excellence to deliver a service that the business trusts.