When it comes to choosing a vendor to manufacture your new, innovative, or proprietary product, it’s imperative to find a partner that will respect and protect your intellectual property. With manufacturing listed as the second most targeted industry for data breaches and espionage, it has never been more important to choose a manufacturing partner that will keep your IP safe. Listed below are the factors that you should look for in your next contract manufacturer to ensure your IP is kept secure and away from competitors and foreign countries.
Beyond the NDA
The first step to keeping your IP secure is getting an NDA signed with your manufacturer. Unfortunately, this does not always do enough. It would be best if you found a manufacturer that proactively goes above and beyond the typical NDA.
The NIST Cybersecurity Framework provides a robust framework of computer security guidance, allowing private-sector organizations in the United States to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber-attacks and theft of intellectual property. When vetting your next contract manufacturer, check that they are compliant with NIST 800-171. These standards clearly define how sensitive information, such as your IP, should be handled to maximize security.
Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF)
In addition to an NDA and NIST compliance, look for manufacturers like REDCOM EMS that operate a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF). SCIFs ensure that no one sees your documentation or project except those with clearance. Any non-cleared staff who enter must remain under the constant supervision of cleared personnel, and they must surrender all recording, photographic, and other electronic media devices. Any communication inside the room is restricted from public disclosure.
REDCOM EMS has found that employing a secure ERP (enterprise resource planning) system is another useful tool in securing client information and IP. A secure ERP system only grants access to those individuals necessary in the manufacturing process, reducing the exposure of your IP as much as possible.
In some cases, projects will require the work of subcontractors. In this case, it is essential that your contract manufacturer only use trusted resources. To do this, REDCOM EMS requires all subcontractors to maintain ISO clearance and strict confidentiality. Check with your next manufacturer to ensure they are also taking appropriate steps.
Secure Manufacturing from REDCOM EMS
REDCOM EMS has your secure manufacturing needs covered. We have been manufacturing for highly secretive enterprise, military, and government customers for decades. They trust us with their most sensitive designs and information because they know REDCOM EMS has the controls in place to secure their projects from start to finish. REDCOM EMS directly employs all the factors mentioned above. To learn more about our secure manufacturing, or to receive a quote on an upcoming project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.