Industrial cyber-physical security for food & beverage

Converged security solutions for 
the prevention of insider threat 
and bioterrorism.

Securing our most important critical resource—the food supply chain—means correlating threats across underlying HR, IT, Physical Security and Operational Technology used in production and processing. Alert Enterprise links to specialized plant applications like MES, plant historians and demand management from ERP that can deliver information directly to production. Monitoring insider and contractor access to modifying batch recipes detects when the addition of a preservative has been suppressed, causing a contaminated batch to be produced.

Integrating seamlessly with SAP applications, Alert Enterprise software further prevents insider threat by automating background checks and risk analysis during the on-boarding and off-boarding process for employees and contractors.

Delivering true security requires a holistic solution across the entire food value chain, from sourcing to production to retail distribution. In addition, companies need detailed record keeping of plant maintenance and safety measures, along with quality checks and transparency with all suppliers—whether in their backyard or overseas.

Alert Enterprise Solutions

  • Single solution to manage operational risk and security
  • Visual, easy-to-use interface allows security and risk managers to make business decisions
  • Automated policy enforcement for training
    and certification
  • Enhanced decision support and analytics mitigates threats in real-time
  • Reduced cost for compliance while actively enforcing policies with data that goes beyond baseline documentation
  • Pre-built connectors provide easy integration with ERP, HR, Physical Access Control Systems, and MES systems
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Let's connect the dots.

Guardian™ and from Alert Enterprise delivers security convergence to safeguard against bioterrorism by monitoring cyber risk and insider threats across IT, physical security and SCADA/IT systems.

Securing workforce identity and access – an insider threat use case

A company we’ve named BigFood was dealing with a disgruntled production foreman, “Tom.” Tom not only had physical access to the production floor, but was intimately familiar with the control system settings to configure recipes for the Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).

Alert Enterprise Guardian’s certified and real-time integration SAP SuccessFactors HCM provided critical real-time data that identified Tom’s history of workplace issues. When Tom accessed the plant area after his normal shift hours, Alert Enterprise software detected that he was making unusual changes to the production settings to eliminate the addition of preservatives. An alert was immediately sent to the Security Operations staff as well as the Plant Manager. The incident was prevented, with huge savings from avoided downtime and protection from loss of reputation to the company brand.

Requirements for securing the food and beverage industry

Seamless integration with SAP SuccessFactors HCM to provide complete background checks for employees and contractors
Monitoring of unauthorized changes to SCADA for MES in production and processing
Complete situational awareness, Monitor operator actions and roles, functions and authorizations
Batch and production traceability including identity of shift personnel related to each batch or process

Alert Enterprise delivers next-generation security, risk and compliance for the food and beverage industry

The food and beverage industry must meet high quality standards and adhere to rapid production cycles to preserve nutrition value and freshness. Convergence and automation are the keys to achieving these goals. As OT and IT networks become interconnected, OT environments are more exposed to cyber-physical attacks, which can result in tainted products, downtime and revenue losses. Alert Enterprise delivers a unified security solution that secures enterprise IT applications and plant applications—delivering a continuous monitoring solution that prevents sabotage, acts of terrorism and other malicious incidents.

Take the risk out of your automated food and beverage production

  • AI-powered predictive analytics
  • Supply chain application integration to receive transportation alerts
  • Monitor warehouse access by employees and contractors to prevent material theft
  • Analyze blended threats across IT systems, physical access controls and industrial controls
  • Rich content situational awareness display – geospatial mapping to Google Maps, Virtual Earth
  • Incident management and response system including pre-packaged remedial action strategies
  • Monitors production processes for sabotage and malicious incidents
  • Manages supply chain risks including changes to master data and transactions
  • Manages the movement of goods and risks from spoilage and arrival notification requirements by FDA
  • Automate F&B related regulatory compliance: Public
    Health Safety and Bioterrorism Preparedness and
    Response Act of 2002 (Bioterrorism Act 2002); Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); HSPD 9 Defense of Agriculture and Food; and other FDA requirements
  • Enforcement of FDA Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point (HACCP) Standards

Let's transform.

Just think: soon, you could be up and running with the latest security automation. Ready?