Protecting Intellectual Property for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM): The Right Way to Do Rights Management

Beyond Cyber-Hacking: The Growing Threats of Internal Theft and Data Mishandling

Designers and manufacturers of high tech products and services, particularly in aerospace and defense, have always spent huge amounts of money to protect intellectual property (IP) from loss and leak. The bulk of security efforts typically focuses on the growing threat of external intrusion from outside the company, particularly from overseas cyber-hackers. This focus is not surprising given the media attention on high profile cyber-hacking incidents, especially the details divulged by the Snowden documents. NSA documents reveal a huge amount of data related to defense technologies being stolen: the equivalent of five Libraries of Congress (50 terabytes). more “Protecting Intellectual Property for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM): The Right Way to Do Rights Management”

SharePoint 2014 Key Security Takeaways – Our Top 5

By Mandy Pang, Senior Product Manager

SharePoint 2014 Key Security Takeaways – Our Top 5

  1. The conference attendees were buzzed on Attributes.  Specifically, attribute-based security models for SharePoint.  Role-based models are no longer making the cut – they leave collaboration vulnerable.  Attribute-based solutions have fine-grained control.
  2. Clouds, of course was big, even bigger was the topic of protecting data in-transit to/from cloud and at rest in the cloud.  Securing Office 365 was another hot topic.  There was a great deal of discussion around the need for comprehensive end-to-end protection of intellectual property while satisfying the regulations set forth by a company’s compliance office.  If the data or IP was to be accessed by or transmitted to an employee or contractor outside of the company’s firewall, then concern was expressed on how to safeguard the data.
  3. SPC14 was global with a good portion of attendees coming from Europe.  Interestingly enough, a lot of European companies are looking to the U.S., particularly Silicon Valley, for solutions on automated information rights management.
  4. The architects, developers, and I.T. leaders with which I spoke were eager to learn about how to automate fine-grained access control for all work-product in a SharePoint environment.
  5. Extensibility was also discussed.   At SPC14 the conversations were about information rights management extensibility – starting off with one Microsoft solution such as SharePoint, then extending the same information rights management solution to Office 365 and other products.

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