Case study: Global Auto Manufacturer

In the ever-changing landscape of cyber security and personnel authentication, one of the most time-consuming and difficult tasks is migrating or replacing an old or end-of-life (EOL) security system. With PKI systems, this cannot be more true.

Challenges

One of the world’s leading automotive makers, was becoming increasingly concerned with the data security in its remote, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in India. The wholly owned subsidiary facility, where the auto company manufacturers its trucks, is one of just three truck plants the organization had worldwide that combine truck assembly and components production at one location, so security needed to be stepped up at the plant to curb internal and external data threats. The automotive company studied the issue and determined it would add two-factor authentication to its security mix, but needed a means for managing the system. They decided to test an affordable, two-factor identity and access management solution that could easily scale as the facility added on more workers and could be used as a blueprint for new remote manufacturing facilities.

Solution

The global automotive manufacturer turned to Versasec to deploy a solution that would help it protect its sensitive data against internal and external threats and control overall access to its systems. The auto manufacturer chose Versasec’s vSEC:CMS T-Series, an innovative, easily integrated and cost-effective Smart Card Management System (SCMS or CMS) enabling companies to manage smart cards and virtual smart cards and other two-factor devices within their organizations. T-Series is delivered on a secure USB token with the application, configuration settings and credentials residing securely on the USB token, thereby removing the requirement to invest in expensive server hardware. The vSEC:CMS T-Series is perfect for small installations – particularly those requiring fewer than 400 licenses – and has a direct upgrade path to Versasec’s enterprise IAM solution vSEC:CMS S-Series. The automotive company’s executives said they chose Versasec’ vSEC:CMS because of its excellent security capabilities, its support of the most smart cards on the market, and its ability to easily scale up with planned expansions of the facility and team in India.

Implementation

In the initial deployment, Versasec rolled out a small installation test of vSEC:CMS T-Series to demonstrate its effectiveness and provide day-one security functionality. After proving the concept, the auto manufacturer expanded the two-factor authentication project in India using vSEC:CMS. The company now holds more than 400 vSEC:CMS S-Series licenses in its India plant. The original licenses were implemented several years ago, then doubled the following year. The truck manufacturer also migrated from the vSEC:CMS T-Series to the vSEC:CMS S-Series. Over the course of the deployment, the company has enjoyed the added layer of protection that two-factor authentication provides, and believes its India manufacturing facility is now better protected from internal and external threats. To learn more about vSEC:CMS product suite, visit vSEC-CMS.

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