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Fashion Industry Cybersecurity: How PLM Can Help

When some of the big-name fashion houses out there start finding themselves the targets of successful cyber attacks, you know it’s probably time to review your own security systems to make sure that they’re robust enough to withstand a determined cybercriminal intent on bringing you down from the inside.

 

At the start of this year, Italian luxury fashion brand Moncler confirmed that a data breach had taken place, with files stolen during a ransomware operation and published on the dark web. Some of this data was related to members of staff, former employees, suppliers, customers, business partners, and consultants, according to Bleeping Computer.


Again, in April, luxury brand Ermenegildo Zegna confirmed a ransomware attack that led to a prolonged IT systems outage and in 2021, fashion label FCUK was reportedly targeted by the notorious ransomware gang REvil, which gained access through the backend servers and gained control of internal systems and operations.

Of course, these are just three of the many cautionary tales out there for retail brands considering whether their security network is currently fit for purpose.

 

The fashion industry as a whole is a particularly lucrative target for hackers and cybercriminals, with financial transactions and credit card payments being made by the millions all the time… and a rise has been seen in recent times in cyberattacks on businesses in this sector.

How can PLM Systems Help?

PLM solutions are fast becoming the go-to software for fashion brands, transforming how the sector designs its products, creates prototypes, and gets finished garments out there on the market – all by providing users with a single central point for fashion data, all of which is stored securely in the cloud.


Going digital brings with it all sorts of benefits, ranging from transparent supply chains and greater cost savings to reduced lead times for products… and it could also help you strengthen your brand’s defences in the future, as well.

 

By keeping all your data in one central location, it eliminates the need to keep confidential details elsewhere, so you can immediately remove the cyber risks associated with the likes of email, old file servers, instant messaging services, and so on, making it harder for hackers to target you successfully.

It’s also possible to boost internal security using PLM software because you’re able to set it up in such a way that information can be secured on a need-to-know basis, restricting access as and where required.

 

It’s also important to note that cybercriminals are indiscriminate about who they choose to target and small businesses are just as much at risk as the biggest fashion retailers in the world. As such, it’s important not to get too complacent about cyber security, and assuming that you’re too small fry for hackers to bother with could see you landed in a sticky spot if you’re not careful.

What can Bombyx do for you?

One of the key benefits of product lifecycle management tools is that brands, manufacturers, and suppliers are all able to collaborate efficiently and easily on product development – from anywhere in the world and at any time.

 

Here at Bombyx, we offer our clients simple, affordable, and easily scalable digital solutions that can help them take their concepts and get them in front of customers as actual products far quicker than ever before.

 

We also offer a consultancy service if you’re currently lacking the time to digitally transform your business operations, where we do all the legwork on your behalf.

We meet with our clients to discuss their individual requirements and then import the relevant work into our systems so that you’re able to hit the ground running and start using PLM immediately. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch with us today.

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