Shape Technologies

"We have a lot of IP. We need to make sure we're protecting our IP, that it's not walking out the door."
- Jeff Zuniga

CUSTOMER CASE STUDY

Shape Technologies Group protects acquisition data during global growth spurt

The leading innovator in waterjet cutting solutions, Shape Technologies Group (SHAPE) is moving quickly toward its growth target of $1 billion. In addition to strong organic growth, much of their expansion comes from global acquisitions, with efficiencies gained through consolidation.

Industry: Waterjet Manufacturing
Headquarters: Kent, Washington
Global Reach: North and South America, Europe, Asia
Employees: 1,400
Market: More than 13,000 waterjet systems to customers in more than 100 countries

Challenges

  • Protecting valuable intellectual property (IP) acquired through the M&A process
  • Guarding against loss or leak of proprietary data during employee departures.

Critical Needs

  • Fast capture of all data residing on the devices of the acquired organization
  • Insider threat monitoring

Code42 Next-Gen Data Loss Protection helped ensure IT efficiency and increased data security during SHAPE's business growth. This provided SHAPE with the ability to ensure that valuable IP stays safely inside the company as restructuring takes place and employees depart.

Protecting IP during an acquisition
When SHAPE buys a company, the sell-side company's IP is a core part of the value proposition. Unfortunately, that data is easily put at risk by employee actions and departures. That's why it's critical for SHAPE to immediately safeguard the files on the computers they've acquired to secure the data.

"Our initial goal is to get the data captured and backed up," said Jeff Zuniga, director of IT operations. "Some people have taken it upon themselves to delete files thinking they're helping by cleaning things up. Once we get the data protected, we are able to manage it and consume it as needed."

SHAPE uses Code42's Next-Gen DLP to quickly and easily protect the valuable — and often vulnerable — data and ensure it can always be recovered if lost.

Preventing data leakage during consolidation
Part of SHAPE's acquisition strategy includes driving efficiencies through organizational consolidation. As they take steps to achieve those efficiencies, the industry leader is diligent about safeguarding its confidential and proprietary data from insider threats.

“We have a lot of IP like our drawings, sensitive information like cost of goods, where we purchase things, vendor lists,” said Jeff. “As part of that process we need to make sure we’re protecting our IP, that it’s not walking out the door.”

Recently, SHAPE used Code42 Next-Gen DLP to protect IP and increase data security during the departure of more than 100 employees.

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