secure digital intellectual property

Secure Digital
Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is a prime asset in a tech-forward economy. Sharing it securely is a critical ability that can be the difference between flying and floundering.

 

 

 

SPIDEROAK COMMERCIAL SOLUTIONS

Securing Intellectual Property

Distributed production in the 21st century often means global sourcing of materials and workforce, with design and manufacturing occurring in different countries, quite possibly on different continents. Composites might be manufactured in Taiwan to specifications defined by a Canadian parent company, and then fabricated in India before being delivered to Washington state.

Distributed production in the 21st century often means global sourcing of materials and workforce, with design and manufacturing occurring in different countries, quite possibly on different continents. Composites might be manufactured in Taiwan to specifications defined by a Canadian parent company, and then fabricated in India before being delivered to Washington state.

Global organizations require the exchange of sensitive information inside and outside of the business. However, sharing intellectual property such as trade secrets or product designs across borders and networks risks IP theft or Infringement; a multi-billion-dollar business whose perpetrators exploit patchwork laws and disinterested authorities across the globe to damage corporate revenue and brands, disrupt research and development, or profit from low quality counterfeit goods and services. There’s no insurance that can mitigate the risk presented by IP theft. Having a secure collaborative platform that is hardened against external and internal threats, a platform which can be used to safely share IP, is a critical component of the global manufacturing landscape.

SpiderOak’s CrossClave is custom designed to completely protect intellectual property during transit from secured endpoint to secured endpoint, even when the internet between the endpoints is unsecured. CrossClave also enforces need-to-know access to only those permissioned users to create, modify and use the IP in the course of their workday. Those with no need for access have no insight, even if they administer the system. CrossClave provides the security necessary for secured distributed supply chains by completely changing the security paradigm.

CrossClave Security

Traditional security for IP has focused on the protection of the infrastructure, with less concern for equipping the actual IP or confidential data sources with the ability to fend off attacks on their own. These systems resemble a castle with high walls around the perimeter but limited security on the inside, as those within the castle are presumed to be trustworthy. Just like a castle, extending the walls to include a distributed workforce is time-consuming and expensive; and exposes structural security vulnerabilities that will can quickly be exploited to exfiltrate or expose data.

CrossClave uses a Zero-Trust model that relies on messengers carrying coded messages; messages that can only be read by those with the means of decoding the message on the other end. And the means for decoding is a shared key that both identifies the users negotiating the code (and therefore authorized to use it to decode an encrypted file), and the code itself.

Even if both the key and the message were to be acquired, the key itself would be useless as it would not be bound to a user external to the negotiation. By using this encryption scheme, CrossClave protects each individual user and their data no matter if they are working on secured or unsecured infrastructure.

CrossClave In Action

Using CrossClave, an engineer in Wisconsin can confidentially send blueprints for proprietary parts to their manufacturing hub without risk of exposing those blueprints to copycat producers.

Furthermore, by leveraging CrossClave's Distributed Ledger/Blockchain capabilities
the manufacturing facility can trust that there has been no modification to designs or specifications by anyone other than those authorized to make them. By using unique keys to define identity, CrossClave ensures that one person cannot present themselves as multiple people, or that identities cannot spoofed within the system.

Additional security measures include an irrefutable ledger of events within the system – if data in one ledger does not match data in another, the system will fail safe.

Finally, CrossClave comes with a safety net to prevent users from providing information to those without a need for it. The powerful policy engine is capable of enforcing compensating controls that an organization may have implemented and can also prevent admins for accidentally granting privileges or access to users without job titles or roles determined to need access.

The CrossClave policy engine validates each-and-every transaction posted to the SpiderOak distributed ledger. If an action is disallowed, it is dismissed and cannot damage system integrity. This policy engine is flexible, programmable, and provides technological enforcement to nearly all of your requirements and regulations governing data security throughout your organization.

Deploying CrossClave in an Organization

CrossClave requires only client software installed on the user devices and access to the Internet. An entire team can transition to CrossClave in moments. Users download CrossClave from the SpiderOak website or mobile app stores, install it, create an identity, and are added to their organization’s team. From there they can create their own spaces for sharing files and chatting with colleagues, or join spaces created by others. Spaces do not require administrator oversight, thus reducing the number of users with access to key intellectual property who do not work directly with it.

Operate on Any Network

SpiderOak has been providing cryptographically secure cloud solutions since 2006. Since 2019 we’ve been building partnerships that allow us to create the most strategic secure communication solutions that modern technology can provide. We know that no one knows your mission set like you do, so please reach out to us and let us know how we can build the solution that addresses your particular challenges.


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