Manufacturers of automotive components typically have a number of projects in a state of fluctuation, with new departments and teams established according to demand. These enterprises also have many items in their product lineup, with sales staff that require secure access to company information in BYOD situations. For these reasons, access rights management at car parts manufacturers can be complex.
A case study from NEC looks at an automotive components manufacturer that was experiencing frequent organizational changes at its offices and plants nationwide. Management of access rights for the company’s internal network had become inefficient, and data management security was also problematic. The company faced three major challenges:
- The IT department’s workload had increased because of frequent personnel transfers, organizational changes, and floor layout changes.
- Because of the necessity to manually set access rights, the company was wary of information leakage, unauthorized access, targeted attacks, and other network security issues.
- When new development projects were launched, the department could not respond quickly to changes.
Each year, the manufacturer was manually modifying network access rights for nearly 300 transferring or relocating staff members. Also, the company experienced seasonal changes in business volume. The number of temporary staff increased and decreased dramatically. When the company anticipated high demand, it placed large numbers of temporary staff into production lines and delivery centers. These seasonal fluctuations complicated access rights management.
The company also wanted to address targeted attacks originating from outside and improve overall network defense. How could the company simultaneously establish a secure network and improve the efficiency of management operations?
The case study looks at how NEC’s SDN Access Authentication Solution fully automated access rights control for each location, each device, and each staff member. The system spontaneously re-configures settings in response to personnel transfers and increases and decreases in staff numbers, allowing only authorized personnel access to the intranet from a variety of devices at different offices and departments. Setting modification workloads have been reduced, setting mistakes minimized, and the entire network made more robust against unauthorized access and information leakage. The Access Authentication Solution has provided the manufacturer a highly secure network environment.
Read the case study to learn more about how NEC Software-defined Networking helped the automotive manufacturer provide more flexible, dynamic, and timely access to secure information and communications technology (ICT) resources.