Secure Intellectual Property Shared with Third Parties

The manufacturing industry thrives on cross-enterprise (and even cross-country) collaboration with third-party contractors, vendors, and other partners in the value chain. As you collaborate, you share information – much of it highly confidential – outside your firewall and security infrastructure.

You regularly send your confidential drawings and designs, blueprints, technical manuals, proposals, price lists, and other documents to your partners and vendors – with very limited security controls.

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Where Your Data is Still at Risk

The following use cases highlight a few important areas where your data is at risk, despite your current security infrastructure.

Engineering Standards and Guidelines

  • Standards and guidelines play a vital role in project planning, estimation, tendering, pricing, and execution
  • These files and documents are regularly shared with vendors and bidders
  • However, once these documents leave your network, there is no control over who accesses them or shares them with others
  • Even internal users’ access to such information downloaded from Knowledge and Learning Management Systems should be tightly controlled

ITAR and EAR Compliance

  • The USML (United States Munitions List) covers all ‘technical data’ related to export items, such as technical specifications, source code, drawings and blueprints, operating manuals, SOPs, and so on
  • ITAR and EAR spell out requirements to secure this data from unauthorized access
  • However, if whole weapons can find their way to unauthorized parties, imagine the risk for simple PDF and AutoCAD files that you share outside your firewall

Differential Pricing

  • Manufacturing companies usually work with several channel partners and distributors for achieving market penetration
  • In case of differential pricing policies, the pricing of one distributor should be kept confidential from the other
  • Leakage of incentive structures provided to different distributors could affect distributor loyalty or create substantial revenue loss due to the need to match discount structures

Bidding and Tendering

  • Each project tender contains very sensitive information relating to pricing structure, materials costs, and rate contracts
  • Once this information reaches the bidder, there is no way to control its usage or to ensure its expiry after the bid expires
  • This information can be easily misused and could also reach competitors

How Seclore’s EDRM Can Help

Seclore’s EDRM gives you complete control over your intellectual property and confidential information – at all times and locations. You remain in control of your information even when it goes beyond your enterprise firewall, is stored on the cloud, or accessed from mobile devices.

Benefits and features of Seclore’s EDRM:

  • Permanent file security that remains effective both inside and outside the firewall: no dependence on storage or transmission medium
  • Protection of all types of files including AutoCAD drawings
  • Only authorized named users can access protected files
  • Even authorized users are subject to granular usage permissions to prevent misuse (i.e. viewing, editing, printing, copying content, running macros etc.)
  • Instant, remote document expiry from any location at any time
  • Real-time logging and reporting of all access, by all users, and on all protected files

With Seclore’s EDRM information-centric security, you can keep your intellectual property safe without hindering collaboration and information sharing. Persistent, file-level security allows you to streamline growth and reap the fullest benefits from your supply chain – while still ensuring maximum compliance and security for your data.