$6b mega contract electronics vendor Sanmina jumps into zero trust

Matt Ramberg is the vice president of information security at Sanmina, a sprawling electronics manufacturer with close to 60 facilities in 20 countries on six continents and some 35,000 employees spread across the world.

Like most enterprises, Sanmina, a big name in contract manufacturing, is also adapting to a new IT environment. The 42-year-old Fortune 500 company, with fiscal year 2021 revenue of more than $6.76 billion, was an early and enthusiastic adopter of the cloud, taking its first step into Google Cloud in 2009.

With manufacturing sites around the globe, it also is seeing its technology demands stretch out to the edge.

7,500 employees work remotely and, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, that number keeps growing.

With this in mind, when Ramberg thinks about security, what first comes to mind is the company’s data. In particular, he wants to make sure the company knows exactly where that data is.

“Where we focus the most is IP,” he told The Register during an interview here at cybersecurity vendor Zscaler’s Zenith Live 2022 conference in Las Vegas. “You get that intellectual property, especially in manufacturing – and we touch a number of industries, automobile and communications and defense and aerospace – and the biggest concern we have … is that of data loss prevention. DLP is a very difficult area. It’s data [that is the focus] expressively because of the influx of cloud-based solutions.”

Sanmina employees have long used Google Workspace – formerly Google G Suite – a collection

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