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ENOVIA IP Export Classification

Defines a classification system to protect vital intellectual property from unintentional export.

ENOVIA IP Export Classification allows organizations to properly protect intellectual property (either their own IP or that of others) from unauthorized disclosure within their ENOVIA system. It complements the general–purpose access controls available with ENOVIA Studio Development and Test (DTE), which is based on an object type’s maturity in its lifecycle and a user’s assigned roles and/or groups. By contrast ENOVIA IP Export Classification implements the description of category-specific rules that must be met by any user trying to access an item. The classifications typically affect many different item types (e.g. Part, Requirement, Specification, etc.) and apply irrespective of the items’ maturity or status.

Successful operation of a multi-party PLM system includes proper protection of the intellectual property (IP) of the parties involved. The IP may belong to a commercial organization or its disclosure may be restricted by a government. In all cases, the need is to prevent exposure of information to unauthorized individuals or information transfer to unauthorized locations.

ENOVIA IP Export Classification utilizes a system of classification of information items in ENOVIA in order to store pertinent information about the security rules of each category and provide that information to the protection mechanism in the companion ENOVIA IP Export Control product. The classified information items can either be documents containing files or pure metadata and can either be native data within ENOVIA PLM or objects federated from external systems.

This method of authorizing access to data items means that an organization can have a single ENOVIA system to manage all relevant product data in the enterprise and safely share the system with all manner of people regardless of their organizational affiliation, nationality or physical location. Without such a capability, organizations are forced to protect intellectual property by storing it in physically separate systems – with all the inconsistency, process delays and extra overhead costs these create.

  • Customers, partners, suppliers and employees can all operate in one PLM environment while protecting each party’s IP.
  • Many kinds of data can be protected with one mechanism yielding more reliable and auditable IP protection.
  • Multiple systems and data stores used previously for IP protection by physical data segregation can be decommissioned.
  • Setting up the IP classifications and access criteria is all in the hands of the responsible business people, not the IT team.
  • Define IP Security Classifications
    ENOVIA IP Export Classification is used by the usually small group of people who are responsible for enforcement of various kinds of IP protection. The product is delivered with a set of pre-defined security classes, each with a unique set of credentials or conditions that must be met by a user to gain access to the information in the class. The classes can be modified or new ones created by the users of ENOVIA IP Export Classification. Among the user credentials that are used to evaluate whether to show an item of information include citizenship, country-of-birth, organization affiliation and current (country) location.
  • Granular Denied-Access Control
    The customer can configure what behavior is desired when access is denied by IP classes. Items can be completely hidden from users – they appear not to exist at all – or they can be exposed in a limited way. Denial of access behavior is controlled by policy settings made with ENOVIA Studio Modeling Platform. Access denial results in:
    • The user sees nothing when “no-show” is set.
    • The user sees the Type, Name and Revision of the item when “show” is set.
    • The user sees the Type, Name and Revision of the item and can navigate to its attributes when “read” is set.
  • Access Exceptions
    It is common to create exceptions to the rules. In commercial settings the exceptions are often handled with Non-Disclosure Agreements – in which one company grants another company (or selected people within it) access to some intellectual property. In the context of government controls a common mechanism is to grant an export license to waive the normal restrictions under certain, specific conditions. Such exceptions are recorded using ENOVIA IP Export Classification and are automatically respected by the checking mechanism in ENOVIA IP Export Control, which is the complimentary product for enforcing the export classifications. ENOVIA IP Export Classification has can list the items covered by the exception and the people or organizations granted the access by the exception. The exceptions can also contain the documents (e.g. an NDA agreement, an Export License) on which they are based and which they are designed to implement. The exceptions have their own lifecycles and properties and can participate in any relevant business processes for submission and approval.