Manufacturing Security: Managing Multiple Layers of Risk
Implementing physical security in the manufacturing industry means addressing multiple layers of risk. Whether it is electronics, automotive, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, or others, all manufacturing depends on protecting the many systems and processes involved from various and serious threats. While the threats are diverse and complex, today’s physical security systems for manufacturing address these threats.
In general, companies that make goods and equipment are especially vulnerable to information theft about how production, especially for high-priced or high-demand items. Given the growth of business competition worldwide, manufacturers today should expect to be the target of theft of trade secrets and intellectual property via corporate espionage.
Manufacturing Sabotage and System Failures
No business is without processes and products to protect. When any of the processes are altered, whether intentionally or unintentionally, the consequences to the business range from loss of productivity and dangerous work conditions to serious financial loss.
Theft in Manufacturing
Whether it is information or product, theft is one of the most prevalent threats faced within the manufacturing industry. According to many studies, the source of most incidents of theft is internal with manufacturers citing current employees as the cause, followed by former employees, competitors, and hackers.
Addressing Risks in Manufacturing
Understanding the risks in manufacturing allows the industry to respond more appropriately to them to reduce their impact. It is advisable that every facility starts with a security audit and by speaking with a commercial security system integrator to develop and implement the most effective security technologies. These solutions may include:
- Intrusion detection
- Access control
- Video surveillance
- Fire alarm and life safety
- Environmental monitoring
- Gate entry/telephone entry/intercom
- Emergency communications
Physical security protects a property, plant, facility, building, office, and any or all of their contents from loss or harm. These technologies are the foundational security measure on which all other security measures and functions are built. At SSP, we make sure that the foundation of your business is secure. Call us to learn more about security for the manufacturing industry. 1-888-540-0175