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Taking a Black Box Approach to Warehouse Security

Author Icon Fouad Khalil, Senior Director, Enterprise Security, Risk and Compliance

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Finding a warehouse automation solution that offers both efficiency and security while seamlessly integrating into your existing operations can feel like a daunting task. Consider the black box approach — a concept that was designed to not only deliver your automation solution, but also increase warehouse security without adding complexity or risk to your organization.

At the heart of the black box approach lies simplicity and TRUST, and that’s in all caps because without trust, you have nothing. That sentiment of TRUST is echoed throughout every aspect of the Locus Robotics’ solution. From stringent access controls, continuous compliance, mature risk management programs, to multi-factor authentication (MFA), every measure is taken to safeguard sensitive information throughout its lifecycle. Whether it's protecting personal information, protected health information (PHI), personally identifiable information (PII), or ensuring compliance with industry regulations, our black box approach remains steadfast in its commitment to security and confidentiality.

A Walled Garden of Security

By selecting an integrated warehouse automation solution that you can plug and play into your warehouse, you unlock benefits that not only streamline operations but also safeguard all of the sensitive data that is processed, transmitted, or stored within your facility. In essence, we create a walled garden of security for your data and operations, which can include (to name a few):

  • Warehouse staff operational data (warehouse floor, area supervisors, and management team)
  • On-premise and cloud reports you need to ensure continued productivity to meet and exceed your revenue bottom line
  • Data that your competitors would greatly benefit from that is designed solely for your business model

Our policy of TRUST supports your warehouse operations, enhances your security, eliminates risk that comes from security mishaps or control gaps, and does not increase risk to your organization. Instead, it protects the data that is processed, transmitted, or stored for the purpose of your warehouse operations and ensures the accuracy and quality of the desired output. 

This is what we deliver at Locus Robotics — a black box TRUST solution that will give you peace of mind and increase employee retention due to the ease of use and security.

The Employee Experience

Security awareness training is crucial with any solution or process, especially given the fact that employees are your front line of defense and they must be always kept up to date on all things security. Without security awareness training, you increase the chance for risks, being unprepared for threats, and susceptibility for errors. When you work with a solid black box solution as ours, ease of training and mature security programs are set in stone throughout our lifecycle of people, process, and technology. 

This trusted, well-defined, easy to use, secure product helps to improve employee morale, while it also reports and protects data, secures information, and increases your productivity. 

It may seem like an easy statement to make that the warehouse staff are happier, but it’s not only them. Your management staff, operations, staff administrators, and supervisors alike all improve in morale. Why? The allure of the black box approach lies in its ability to alleviate common pain points plaguing traditional warehouse setups. Manual, labor-intensive picking operations often introduce a host of challenges, from human error to cumbersome paperwork. Transitioning away from manual processes not only reduces errors but also opens doors to enhanced data capture and performance tracking — all essential components of a modern warehouse ecosystem.

Data Capture and Protection

With all of the data processed, transmitted, or stored within your warehouse every day, data protection is a must! You need a solution that exceeds industry requirements around data protection. For example, your chosen solution has to offer secure data transmission via encryption methods. With our black box TRUST solution, we establish a secure tunnel between our two systems. This process provides you with the data you need to be productive, while also keeping that data secure and encrypted. 

Put simply, our solution is secure with protected data, authorized access requirements, and continuous monitoring and auditing. It is in essence a black box TRUST solution with our solid state security through access controls, multi-factor authentication (MFA), authorized users, and segregation of duties. All of those give you the assurance of security throughout the data lifecycle.

By embracing the black box model, warehouses transcend traditional security paradigms, ushering in a new era of trust and reliability. Integrations with existing warehouse management systems seamlessly merge data streams, empowering you to make informed decisions and bolster your bottom line. Moreover, the black box solution acts as a guardian, shielding proprietary data from prying eyes and potential threats.With security breaches and data vulnerabilities looming large, the black box TRUST approach offers your warehouse a promise of security without compromise. By embracing simplicity, trust, and innovation, Locus Robotics paves the way for a safer, more efficient warehouse environment — one where employees thrive, data remains secure, and productivity soars.

Want to learn more? Check out our Trust Center!

About the Author

As Senior Director, Compliance at Locus Robotics, Fouad is responsible for internal and external compliance programs, auditor education, alignment with industry best practices and cross-functional support. He brings extensive experience in the technology space with more than 25 years spanning disciplines in software development, IT support, program and project management and most recently IT Security and Compliance management. Khalil’s career path in technology has provided him with keen insights in the areas of network, system and database administration, software programming, system, software and GUI design, project and product development, solution implementation and much more. For nearly the past two decades, Khalil has focused on data security, security investigations, cybersecurity, security training and awareness, and security compliance– serving as an industry expert in key areas such as IT, NIST, Internal Controls over financial reporting, Sarbanes-Oxley, GDPR, CCPA, PCI DSS, HIPAA and HITECH. Khalil holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Marquette University and CISA, CDPSE and ITIL Foundations certifications. Additionally, he is an active member/contributor in ISACA, IIA and Infragard.

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