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McAfee Works With Dongfeng Nissan to Launch a New Era of Information Security

Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (hereinafter referred to as Dongfeng Nissan) is a company engaged in research, development, procurement, manufacturing, sales and services related to passenger vehicles. As a key component of Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd. with the highest growth potential, Dongfeng Nissan is one of the few car manufacturers in China having a total value chain. Dongfeng Nissan Technical Centre, apart from being the research and development base of Dongfeng Nissan, is also Nissan’s fourth overseas technical centre equipped with an equivalent R&D platform, as well as the largest passenger vehicle technical centre in southern China. The centre dedicates itself to product development, domestication and other work oriented to the Chinese market.

Automotive Industry Faced with Security Risks Both Internally and Externally
In recent years, with the automotive industry becoming increasingly competitive, car companies are experiencing tremendous opportunities and daunting challenges. In order to protect business interests effectively and strengthen core competitiveness to the greatest possible extent in the modern information age, it is necessary for car companies to protect their critical information and data and maintain the safe operation of their information systems.

External security risks: In the increasingly complex network environment, car companies are facing threats of information theft from external sources, such as malicious intrusion attempts by Trojan horses, viruses and hackers to penetrate the internal network and obtain relevant confidential information illegally.

Internal security risks: Car companies are also facing internal security risks in relation to information systems, such as the leaking of sensitive corporate information from a department to another department which should not have access to such information, unintentional leaking of corporate secrets by individual employees with poor security awareness, or the leaking of critical information from a proprietary department to employees of other departments.

As a core division of Dongfeng Nissan, Dongfeng Nissan Technical Centre has to handle large amounts of core technology, intellectual property, design documents, market research reports, financial data and other kinds of information every day. The issue of how to use advanced data security management techniques to ensure the confidentiality of critical corporate information and protect against infringement of the company’s proprietary intellectual property rights, has become an essential aspect of the sustainable development of Dongfeng Nissan Technical Centre. According to the Head of Information Security at the IT HQ of Dongfeng Nissan, “Intellectual property rights have gradually become the 'technological shield' of car companies and pose a direct impact on the room for survival. Protecting our self-developed as well as Nissan’s intellectual property rights, has thus become a pressing need for our centre.”

Why Choose McAfee?
As for the reasons for choosing McAfee’s security solutions, the Head of Information Security at the IT HQ of Dongfeng Nissan summarises as follows: “There are many reasons for choosing McAfee. First of all, the McAfee ePO management console is a relatively mature product, proven successful through a long period of use. Secondly, McAfee’s solutions provide a broad scope of protection and deliver superior performance in all aspects, including host data loss prevention, host-based encryption and file encryption.”

In terms of integration capabilities, Dongfeng Nissan is particularly impressed with the superior performance of the McAfee solution, and they, just like many other McAfee customers, are of the following opinion: With robust integration features built into ePO, users can handle data events and achieve stronger monitoring and control easily and quickly through the platform.

In addition, the unique tagging technology incorporated in McAfee Host Data Loss Prevention software enables drawings and other information with contents that cannot be identified, or where the use of fingerprint identification is unsuitable, to be protected against data loss, and this is essential for preventing the leakage of Dongfeng Nissan’s technical documents.

“We have benefited a lot from the impeccable performance of McAfee’s comprehensive solution. The professionalism of McAfee’s experts as well as their rapid responses have made us feel more than happy to develop a long-term partnership with McAfee. In the next phase, we plan to purchase additional McAfee products. We will build a long-term relationship and grow together with McAfee.”

Head of Information Security
IT HQ of Dongfeng Nissan

Deployment of McAfee Solutions
After a review and gathering of the actual requirements through various on-site visits, McAfee’s security experts helped Dongfeng Nissan deploy several McAfee products one after another. Following the deployment of McAfee Network Security Platform that protects companies against threats such as zero-day attacks, as well as McAfee Vulnerability Manager that offers an integrated management of software and hardware security vulnerabilities and risks, McAfee also helped the technical centre deploy the McAfee Host Data Loss Prevention (HDLP) solution, which is equipped with powerful data protection capabilities, to cut down significantly on costs and complexity associated with the protection of business-critical information.

Comprehensive Monitoring for Worry-free Data Protection
McAfee HDLP boasts a comprehensive suite of data monitoring and leakage prevention features, for effective protection against data leakage through various channels. These include:

  • Inadvertent disclosure of technical data by employees while chatting on technical discussion forums
  • Loss or theft of employees’ laptops with confidential files and/or data stored in them while they are brought out of the office
  • Employees bring along key technical information with them after leaving the company
  • Leakage of data or information during the transfer or use of files by employees

Unique Tagging Technology Offers Protection for Drawings
McAfee HDLP software can track and control sensitive information through two similar mechanisms: labels and content categories.

Labelling rules allow files and data to be linked to their corresponding labels, while classification rules allow connection with a content category. These two methods tag sensitive information in such a way that even if their contents are replicated to other documents or saved as other formats, the labels will be inseparable from the contents. There is, therefore, no need to worry about data being modified, replicated, transferred or compressed. This can prevent the leakage and loss of encrypted data.

Car companies have large amounts of design drawings and other materials that cannot be easily identified through traditional content recognition technology, yet they can be identified easily through the tagging technology incorporated in McAfee HDLP.

Internal Data Transfer Made More Secure
McAfee Endpoint Encryption for Files and Folders can protect files and folders automatically while they are being shared or moved by employees, to prevent any unauthorised person or organisation from accessing information inside PCs, laptops, network servers and removable media, thus providing a key sharing mechanism that enables users to share files securely. According to the Head of Information Security at the IT HQ of Dongfeng Nissan, “McAfee’s products help us prevent data leakage without affecting the normal collaboration between different departments and project teams. This has brought tremendous convenience to our daily work activities.”

McAfee Protects the Security of Dongfeng Nissan’s Data
The McAfee Data Loss Prevention solution allows Dongfeng Nissan to take measures to prevent, to a great extent, the leakage of intellectual property, patents, design drawings and other sensitive information, thus enabling information and data to be more secure. The company can also put more time and efforts into business development and work efficiency enhancement. With the number of patent applications increasing year by year, the awareness of intellectual property rights protection is continuously improving. In addition, the ratios of R&D expenditures to the scale of inputs and sales proceeds are continuously showing significant growth, which demonstrates continuous improvement in innovation capabilities.

Long-term Strategic Partnership Established
Through partnership, Dongfeng Nissan is extremely pleased with McAfee’s impeccable security product technology as well as the support received from McAfee’s security experts. According to the Head of Information Security at the IT HQ of Dongfeng Nissan, “We have benefited a lot from the impeccable performance of McAfee’s comprehensive solution. The professionalism of McAfee’s experts as well as their rapid responses have made us feel more than happy to develop a long-term partnership with McAfee. In the next phase, we plan to purchase additional McAfee products. We will build a long-term relationship and grow together with McAfee.”

Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Co., Ltd.

Customer profile

Car manufacturer having a total value chain

Industry

Automotive

IT environment

Thousands of computers and hundreds of servers

Challenges

  • Data leakage, loss of critical research and development information, and brand impact
  • Existence of security vulnerabilities and risks in the network, and tracking of the status of vulnerability fixes

McAfee solution

  • McAfee Host Data Loss Prevention
  • McAfee Network Security Platform
  • McAfee Vulnerability Manager

Results

  • Protects intellectual property and prevents data loss