• Protect against cyber threats in manufacturing

    Modern, simple, and cost-effective authentication at scale
    Home » Industries » Protect against cyber threats in manufacturing

    Modern cyber threats require Yubico’s security solutions

    for manufacturing

    The rise in cyber attacks has sparked the urgency for modern and easy-to-use authentication to protect the invaluable resources of manufacturers, ensuring that no user or device is allowed into your network unless vetted. With the YubiKey for phishing-resistant authentication, secure user access to critical systems and with the ultra-portable YubiHSM 2, protect intellectual property and product integrity along the supply chain. Yubico solutions meet you where you are on the cyber security journey, while paving the way to a modern authentication infrastructure.

    Customer Spotlight:

    Schneider Electric enhances global supply chain security

    Yubico’s solutions enable Schneider Electric system operators to complete critical actions in power operations systems and also protect their supply chain.

    Protecting manufacturing with highest-assurance security

    Learn the critical need to modernize MFA, authentication best practices, secure the supply chain, and ensure product integrity with the YubiKey and YubiHSM 2.

    man with machine

    Industry week webinar banner


    Hear from thought leaders at Schneider Electric and Yubico discuss the role of phishing-resistant MFA and hardware-backed security using Zero Trust principles. Moderated by Industry Week.

    computer and machines used in factories
    Secure shared workstations, mobile-restricted areas, and cloud services

    With critical systems and applications located on-premises and the cloud, you need a simple yet effective way to ensure your applications and data are protected against unauthorized access. Legacy authentication such as usernames and passwords, and mobile-based authenticators, are highly susceptible to modern cyber attacks.

    YubiKeys are IP68 certified (dust proof, crush resistant, and water resistant), and offer highest-assurance two-factor, multi-factor, and passwordless authentication, so only authorized users have access to corporate data and critical systems. Secrets are stored in the secure element on the hardware security key and cannot be easily exfiltrated, unlike legacy MFA approaches. YubiKeys integrate seamlessly with existing IAM solutions such as Microsoft, Okta, Duo and Ping, and provide secure authentication for hundreds of applications and services.

    man working with headset
    Reduce password-related IT support costs

    In addition to offering low security, legacy authentication methods also increase IT help desk costs related to password resets. Forrester estimates that password resets cost the help desk over $179 per employee per year. This can be a major issue for infrequently accessed applications where forgotten passwords are a common occurrence.

    YubiKeys help reduce IT support costs—they enable user self-service for password resets, increasing productivity and eliminating the time and costs related to ongoing management or help desk password resets. YubiKeys also future-proof security investments, by acting as a bridge to modern authentication protocols and enabling secure passwordless login.

    yubikey bios plugged into laptops
    Drive productivity with the best user experience

    Password-resets can be extremely time consuming, and mobile-based authenticators such as SMS, one time passwords, and push notifications can interrupt user workflows. These approaches are also highly reliant on cellular connectivity, mobile phone battery charge and other factors that can halt productivity.

    YubiKeys are extremely portable and simple to use, increasing employee productivity. The YubiKey offers fast, tap-and-go passwordless login that is 4x faster than login with SMS, and a single YubiKey conveniently works across multiple devices including desktops, laptops, mobile, tablets, notebooks and shared workstations/kiosks. YubiKeys also provide robust security across manufacturing floors—they don’t require a battery or internet connection, are also highly durable, crush-resistant, and water-resistant.

    man working with mechanical arm
    Secure manufacturing assembly lines

    In the manufacturing industry, it’s crucial to protect the integrity and intellectual property of all components in an end-to-end process—from production and assembly, to repair and replacement. To ensure that an assembly line only consists of genuinely sourced parts and products, there must be a trusted solution in place.

    With supply chain integrity becoming increasingly paramount in today’s global world, manufacturing organizations are turning to Yubico to protect their supply chain and intellectual property, ranging from sensors and medical devices, to automotive and other products with electronic components. Yubico offers the YubiHSM 2, an ultra-portable hardware security module in a ‘nano’ form factor, that is built to safeguard corporate secrets and secure manufacturing assembly lines.

    Secure your supply chain

    Reliance on supply chain vendors and outsourced partners require critical IP handoffs that can result in major vulnerabilities if your supply chain doesn’t follow the same Zero Trust and strong MFA approach. Weak links in the chain can lead to costly consequences such as disruption to normal operation, and national and regional critical infrastructure outages.

    Ensuring that your supply chain vendors and partners deploy strong MFA helps minimize your cyber risk, liability, and damage to your brand reputation. The YubiKey offers secure, convenient, and scalable security making it easy for you and your supply chain vendors to deploy strong authentication. With YubiEnterprise Delivery from Yubico, it’s easy for your supply chain to get security keys directly into the hands of their users.

    Protecting the supply chain with highest-assurance security

    Learn authentication best practices in securing supply chain integrity.

    supply chain wp

    Case in point:

    Schneider Electric secures their supply chain with Yubico


    As the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, they are responsible for providing safe and reliable products and power management systems for critical infrastructures.

    The YubiKey Solution

    YubiKeys are used by Schneider Electric  in their critical infrastructure power operations solutions. For example in a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, operators can log on seamlessly to a running SCADA system or can use their YubiKey to perform critical tasks which require dual MFA for an operator and their supervisor to complete the task. They are also using the world’s smallest but powerful hardware security module (YubiHSM), to secure their supply chain as both Schneider Electric and manufacturing partners use YubiHSMs to ensure products are genuine through the entire manufacturing cycle.


    • Strong security for power operations systems and teams
    • Simple log-in to critical infrastructure systems
    • Future-proofing for when regulations begin mandating security keys for power operations systems
    • Enhanced supply chain security
    “We introduced YubiKeys in our power operation SCADA systems to increase security with MFA. This process allows an operator to come on shift, authenticate quickly, and to take actions when appropriate, without any system interruptions. MFA ensures only authenticated users can gain access to operate the system.

    To proactively protect our supply chain, we work closely with key vendors to create dual encryption using YubiHSM modules built into the manufacturing process, which ensures our customers receive genuine Schneider Electric parts.”
    Chad LloydDirector of Cybersecurity Architecture for Energy Management
    Schneider Electric

    YubiHSM white paper cover

    YubiHSM 2: A secure keystore for the manufacturing industry

    Learn how the YubiHSM 2 safeguards corporate secrets and secures manufacturing assembly lines.

    Risk reduction, business growth, and efficiency enabled by YubiKeys

    A recent Forrester Consulting Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study commissioned by Yubico found that a composite organization representative of interviewed customers who use YubiKeys reduced risk of successful phishing and credential theft attacks by 99.9%, saw a drop in password-related helpdesk tickets by 75%, and experienced a 203% 3-year ROI with YubiKeys.

    BUT…. all organizations are different. Enter your own company data to create a custom Dynamic TEI study and instantly see how Yubico’s solutions can help your organization!

    TEI Forrester report

    YubiKeys as a Service enable faster and wider rollouts of modern MFA in 2023

    Watch this webinar to learn about how to procure YubiKeys as a Service with the new and expanded YubiEnterprise Subscription offering for greater business agility and predictability.

    YubiEnterprise Subscription: peace of mind and flexibility for less than a cup of coffee per user/month

    YubiEnterprise Subscription simplifies purchase and support while also providing financial benefits. Estimate your potential savings as compared to one-time perpetual purchasing model

    Learn more about Yubico Solutions

    view from under a bridge
    Bridge to passwordless: separating fact from fiction
    How to stop enterprise-wide identity phishing

    Accelerate YubiKey adoption at scale

    YubiKey protects the world’s leading brands

    logo garden

    Get started

    YubiKey 5 series

    Find the right YubiKey

    Contact our sales team for a personalized assessment of your company’s needs.

    statue and YubiKey
    Get protected today

    Browse our online store today and buy the right YubiKey for you.