Apple has long been known as a company that knows how to keep it a secret when it comes to unreleased products. But despite these efforts, source leaks often occur, especially from their supply chains.
And according to a new report from The Information, Apple is said to be looking to change that radically, by updating new security principles for its manufacturing partners on a global scale.
According to the updated instructions, manufacturing facilities are required to conduct background checks on assembly line workers who have access to unreleased Apple products. In the past, background checks only applied to certain employees. Persons with a criminal history are not allowed into any area of the facility where unreleased devices are being developed or assembled.
Apple is also upgrading its computer systems to real-time monitoring of the remaining components on the workstation. If the unit stays in one place for too long, the computer will issue a security warning. In addition, guards located at different checkpoints will be required to keep detailed records of the location and movement of any personnel moving “sensitive” parts from the site. area to area.
The new rules also extend beyond the factory. For example, any visitor to the facility must present a government-issued ID for inspection. The coverage of outside surveillance cameras must now be able to reach all four sides of traffic. Management must also maintain any video showing destruction of prototype or defective components for at least 180 days.
Factory workers have to pass biometric testing, but Apple employees do not.
However, the report also reveals one of the rather bizarre and controversial rules. That is, factories can no longer collect biometric information from any Apple employee visiting the facility. However, the company still requires fingerprints and facial scans of the factory employees. This not only creates a dual standard in the work environment and makes things less meaningful from a security standpoint.
Because if anything happens, factory workers are always in the facility every day and recognized by the board of directors and co-workers. They are clearly no more potential threat than some of the random Apple employees dispatched for the first time. The ID badges can be tampered with and the biometric check is a good ultimate defense against physical intrusion.
Apple has not yet confirmed the policy changes, and in fact, even if they do, the company has never had a precedent in confirming them.
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