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March 16, 2023
Now you can download HALOCAD for Autodesk from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

CAD (Computer-Aided Design) files are used to develop three-dimensional (3D) solid models. These are the primary source of intellectual property for manufacturing companies and industries like automotive, aviation, engineering, and high tech. These industries provide cutting-edge products while leveraging intellectual property in global process chains with a high degree of production or suppliers.

While it is important to have network security, data security is the main concern for these industries. Why? Because the stolen CAD files can be used to print components in the same quality as the original component.

Also, there is a high risk of losing this IP due to the lack of technical enforcement to offer CAD data protection to these files whenever engineers work with or share them with suppliers. Therefore, the second line of defense in data security is necessary because if data security is compromised and CAD files are stolen it results in greater implications.

Listed below are the customer challenges and needs:

  • Protect sensitive design data when collaborating with partners, vendors, customers, and others in the supply chain.
  • It’s difficult to monitor, block and protect CAD data whenever you export, download, or access CAD data outside the application.
  • Adhere to compliance with data privacy and international and industry regulations when sharing CAD data with partners and vendors.
  • How to protect these CAD files

    Inside PLM systems, CAD files are protected by PLM security policies. But when shared with external parties, these files require the same PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) security profile for protecting the data in such uncontrolled IT environments.

    Therefore, it is highly desirable to have a layer of security features embedded in the product design itself so that these files if stolen cannot be easily printed.

    The main challenge for an efficient collaboration process is to automatically map the PLM security to the access and usage controls of the corresponding DRM protection template.

    Data-Centric Security is the most advanced strategy and mandatory extension to the existing perimeter security for protecting IP, PII, and other sensitive data end-to-end in those digital collaboration processes.

    How HALOCAD for Autodesk protects CAD files

    Microsoft Purview Information Protection (MPIP) is the only EDRM platform with the broadest coverage. SECUDE’s HALOCAD for Autodesk automatically extends MPIP and enables uniquely straightforward starting EDRM use cases.

    HALOCAD provides unique value to customers by:

  • Automatically applying MPIP protection labels to CAD files during check out from the PLM Vault
  • Enabling CAD applications to open MPIP protected files and enforcing permissions inside of the applications
  • Automating decrypting CAD files at PLM check-in (CAD files in PLM are not encrypted)
  • Strengthens PLM multi-CAD integration with data processing using MPIP
  • Supports encryption for CAD translator file types (IGES, STEP, etc) and facilitates interoperability across CAD platforms
  • Provides a free HALOCAD READER plug-in for easily granting read-only permissions to collaboration partners
  • HALOCAD supported file types for Autodesk products:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD – .dwg, .dxf,
  • Autodesk Inventor – .ipt, .iam, .idw, .ipn
  • CAD applications:

  • AutoCAD 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022
  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2016, 2019
  • AutoCAD Electrical 2016, 2019
  • AutoCAD MEP 2020
  • Civil 3D 2020
  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2020
  • Autodesk Inventor 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022Revit 2020
  • PLM Applications

  • Autodesk Vault 2020, 2021 and 2022
  • CAD Viewers

  • AutoCAD LT 2020
  • Requirements for Microsoft Purview Information Protection (MPIP)

    It is recommended to use Microsoft Purview Information Protection (MPIP) with unified labeling to label and protect drawing files.

    The following prerequisites for configuring and operating HALOCAD must be met:

    1. Microsoft 365 / Azure subscription
    2. The Microsoft 365 bundle should be any one of the following to enable 3rd party integration into Microsoft Purview Information Protection (MPIP) using the MIP Software Development Kit
    3. Office 365 E3 or E5
    4. Enterprise Mobility and Security E3 or E5
    5. Azure Info Protection (AIP) Premium P1 or P2
    6. Microsoft 365 E3, E5, or F1

    Why HALOCAD is the best solution when it comes to protecting CAD files

  • Enables CIOs to have a 360° view of holistic encryption strategy using Microsoft Information Protection and integrating it into CAD & Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) environments.
  • HALOCAD enables data security enforcement for CAD applications as part of an Enterprise Digital Rights Management (EDRM) approach based on a unified encryption strategy using Microsoft Information Protection.
  • HALOCAD can be used also as a standalone solution for customers who do not store their CAD files in PLM. In such cases, it enables CAD applications to use Microsoft Purview Information Protection directly in setting, editing, and protecting the files.
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