Automotive Leader Kicks Factory Operations and Safety Into High Gear

In the automotive industry, one minute of downtime equates to $22,000 in losses—a harsh reality that one global automotive leader understands all too well. With a workforce of approximately 100,000 employees spanning across Mexico, the United States and Canada, the manufacturing giant embarked on a mission to ensure 100% uninterrupted operations on the factory floor. To accomplish this, they sought a comprehensive, AI-powered solution that addresses automated, secure and compliant workforce experience and access to boost productivity and reduce cost across all its corporate buildings, manufacturing plants and assembly line floors.

Don’t worry, we won’t bury the lead. The clear winner was Guardian by Alert Enterprise—a single security
platform providing real-time security governance and monitoring.

Securing total workforce experience and access —at the speed of AI:

By delivering advanced AI capabilities, Guardian will protect this auto-manufacturing operation by automating the mitigation of risks across physical security, information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems. This holistic and automated approach ensures that security measures are proactive, adaptive and capable of addressing emerging threats in real time. Guardian allows the organization to have complete visibility and automated policy enforcement at an enterprise level, securing not only their internal workforce but also external workers and visitors across their plants and corporate offices. Real-time monitoring enables the identification of potential vulnerabilities, suspicious activities, or security attacks, helping this auto- manufacturer take immediate action to mitigate risks and minimize damage.

Empowering workforce dynamics and real-time data:

In this complex organization, understanding the dynamics of the workforce is crucial. Guardian empowers the company with real-time data, providing insights into the deployment of employees and external workers throughout the entire enterprise. The company gains valuable information about each employee’s location, purpose, access permissions and the timing of their access. Knowing where, why and how each employee is deployed across the entire enterprise, what access they have, and why and when they need this access is absolutely critical to their operations.

Implementing a zero-trust model for physical & OT security:

Traditional physical access control systems (PACS) often default to providing “all the time” access to facilities, which doesn’t bode well for those aiming for uninterrupted factory operations. By leveraging Guardian, this auto manufacturer will implement a zero-trust model for physical and OT security using identity attributes, roles and policies to determine access in real-time at the door. This approach allows for granting “just in time” access to facilities with critical assets, such as factory-owned devices. By minimizing unnecessary access and letting only the right people in at the right time, the company reduces the risk of security breaches and enhances operational efficiency.

Substantial cost savings and increased productivity:

One of the most significant benefits the company expects from implementing Guardian is the potential for over $100 million in cost savings. By optimizing workforce management, streamlining security operations and preventing disruptions, they can minimize downtime and associated losses. With Guardian’s real-time security governance and monitoring capabilities, the company can ensure maximum factory uptime and boost productivity

Our favorite savings hacks:

  • Automate manual, labor-intensive and error-prone tasks
  • Empower employees with self-service options
  • Deploy Guardian using existing systems (no rip or replace required)
  • Redirect employees to higher-value work

With Guardian, auto manufacturers gain real-time data insights, a zero-trust model for security and substantial cost savings. By protecting auto-manufacturing through AI-powered security, visibility and risk mitigation, the solution enables automotive companies all over the world to achieve their goal of uninterrupted factory operations. In an industry where every minute counts, Guardian ensures companies remain at the forefront of innovation and efficiency. Contact us to drive your business forward with the latest in AI-powered security and automation.

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David Cassady

Chief Strategy Officer

David Cassady has been selling and leading teams in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years. During that time, he’s led a mix of established software players and startups. Cassady has also been involved with five IPOs — and at least as many acquisitions. 

As Chief Strategy Officer, David leverages his extensive experience helping software businesses drive growth through deep and impactful partnerships with the world’s most successful SaaS providers like ServiceNow, Microsoft and SAP. 

Mark Weatherford

Chief Security Officer
Senior Vice President, Regulated Industries

Mark Weatherford brings years of high-level cyber-physical expertise to Alert Enterprise, and as Chief Security Officer (CSO), he guides the strategy of data management and protection by advising cyber-physical security policies and procedures within the company. Weatherford also works in liaison with businesses and executive professionals in the cyber and physical security industries to further accelerate security convergence adoption.

Mark has held numerous high-level cyber-centric positions, including Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity under the Obama administration, California’s first Chief Security Officer, and the first CISO for the state of Colorado.

Harsh Chauhan

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Alert Enterprise, Harsh Chauhan is responsible for the company’s engineering technology innovation and solution delivery. A 20-year technology veteran and leader, Chauhan is focused on the growth of the company’s 3D Governance Risk Compliance (GRC) hyperscale cloud platform.

He also continues to develop integrated solutions with leading technology partners like SAP, SAP NS2, and ServiceNow. Before Alert Enterprise, Mr. Chauhan held multiple CTO positions, as well as Product Owner and Head of Development at SAP GRC 10.0, delivering targeted solutions to high-profile SAP clients.

Ruby Deol

Chief Operations Officer

Ruby Deol oversees all business units at Alert Enterprise. With more than 20 years of experience in global sales and support services, Deol nurtures existing client relationships with a customer-first approach. As Alert Enterprise continues to grow in industry recognition and stature, Deol is charged with developing and implementing methods to meet organization goals and facilitate the company’s ongoing transformation.

Kaval Kaur

CFO and Co-Founder

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Co-Founder of Alert Enterprise, Kaval Kaur leads all finance and administrative back-office operations. Kaur is a member of the national professional organization American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California State CPA Society.

Prior to joining Alert Enterprise, she was the CFO and Co-Founder of Virsa Systems, a position she held until its acquisition by SAP.

Kaur is a philanthropist at heart, embracing the diversity of the San Francisco Bay area by assisting with and promoting special cultural events. She recently sponsored 2,000 public schools in rural India to advance computer literacy skills for children and is a foster mother to a 10 year old.

Jasvir Gill

Founder and CEO

Leading the charge of digital transformation and security convergence is Jasvir Gill, Founder and CEO of Alert Enterprise, Inc. An accomplished engineer by trade, Gill is driving the long-overdue digital transformation of the physical security industry.

Prior to launching Alert Enterprise, Gill was the founder and CEO of Virsa Systems, where he grew the company into a global leader of application security software. An early pioneer in establishing governance, risk and compliance as a software market segment, he drove exponential growth at Virsa, facilitating its acquisition by SAP in 2006.

In his free time, Jasvir helps drive social and economic empowerment in the community. He’s also a trustee at the American India Foundation.