Protect CAD Files Throughout Their Design Life Cycle

HALOCAD At a Glance

  • HALOCAD is the only CAD security solution to apply Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) for securing priceless CAD files throughout their life cycle, even beyond the company’s IT boundaries.
  • HALOCAD automatically applies Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) labels to protect CAD drawing during check out from the product lifecycle management (PLM) system vault.
  • HALOCAD enhances Microsoft 365 E5 compliance to protect sensitive CAD file across the production chain, including uncontrolled partner and supplier IT environments.
  • HALOCAD allows CAD application users to seamlessly open MIP-protected files and enforce user privileges as per policy (e.g. read-only).
  • HALOCAD seamlessly extends data-centric security across PLM and Multi-CAD integrations.
  • HALOCAD extends CAD data protection and supports multi file formats that includes DWG, DXF, IPT, IAM, IDW, RVT, ASM, PRT, PAR, PSM, SLDPRT to name few.

Data Centric Security for worldwide IP protection with MIP

Manufacturing and high-tech companies manage their most critical intellectual property (IP), like product blueprints, designs and other technical drawings based on CAD files.

Intellectual property of manufacturing

Due to global process and production chains, these files are used by multiple users across departments and even by users outside the company’s IT boundaries.

Today, data streams have no limits. CAD Data is shared beyond company’s IT boundaries. How secure is your CAD data when it’s shared globally?

Data streamsWhile sharing IP does catalyze development, it also brings in certain risks in terms of safety and integrity.

For the senior management of the organization, the risk of losing such data means loss of brand and reputation.

Data-centric security is the solution to mitigate this risk. It goes beyond traditional infrastructure-level security and enables data security in worldwide distributed IT process chain regardless of the underlying IT infrastructure.

Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) is Microsoft’s industry standard to support IP protection in worldwide shared data files.

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As part of the Microsoft Office 365 feature set it is a smart move to leverage existing investments and use MIP for any kind of files including CAD files.

HALOCAD helps you leverage seamlessly the robust MIP labeling templates for your CAD files in a simple and cost-effective manner.

HALOCAD supported filetypes

Image: List of few supported CAD filetypes by HALOCAD

Securing CAD files wherever they may be shared

SECUDE’s HALOCAD leverages Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) to encrypt CAD files. It is tightly integrated with MIP and fully supports all implementation scenarios of Azure Information Protection (AIP) and Rights Management Service (RMS).

HALOCAD Architecture

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In SAP PLM environments, HALOCAD works as an extension to HALOCORE protection by enabling CAD applications to automatically decrypt and use MIP encrypted files which have been checked out of the SAP Content Management System (CMS).

In addition, HALOCAD enables CAD applications to use MIP directly when SAP is not the CMS in the background. In this case HALOCAD enables encryption of CAD files including MIP label handling and privilege enforcement.

At the time of file creation, the user’s valid credentials will invoke MIP labels. CAD users will not notice any difference in the handling of MIP protected CAD files.

To learn more about HALOCAD, click below to download the detailed HALOCAD FAQs

Protected CAD files can only be opened and modified by authorized users and thus, protection continues to remain even when the CAD file is accessed by multiple users across companies.

user privilege and CAD file protectionFor companies who want to allow their CAD files to be read by users outside their organization, without the risk of losing IP, the free of charge HALOCAD Reader plug-in provides read-only access to MIP protected CAD files.


SECUDE offers the following three product suites:

HALOCAD Plug-in for CAD Applications

This is a plug-in for CAD applications that leverages Azure Rights Management Service (Azure RMS) protection to provide persistent document security and can be used standalone or in combination with HALOCAD for PLM. The HALOCAD plug-in can read protected files, enforce corresponding privileges, and change MIP labels.

HALOCAD for PLM Applications

This solution integrates with the corresponding PLM application and contains the functionality of HALOCAD PROTECT. Files are automatically protected during access/download or checkout process (preserving the original file type extension) and are stored unprotected back into the PLM Vault during the upload/check in process.


This is a standalone plug-in for CAD applications which can be downloaded from the Microsoft store and from the SECUDE website. This module of HALOCAD enables users to read protected files and always enforce ‘read only’ privileges. This feature does not support the setting or modification of labels.

CAD & PLM Platforms Supported

Image: Native CAD & PLM platforms supported by HALOCAD

Available Permissions & Controls

Application Available Controls
Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor

Siemens NX, Siemens Solid Edge

PTC Creo


Bentley MicroStation


Access Control (View, Edit)

Usage Control (Print, Save, Save As, Copy, Paste, Screen Capture with Snipping tool, Copy to Clipboard)

Dynamic Watermarks

CAD File Formats Supported by HALOCAD

The below are the CAD file formats supported by HALOCAD

HALOCAD plugin for Autodesk AutoCAD: .dwg, .dxf
HALOCAD plugin for Autodesk Inventor: .ipt, .iam, .idw, .ipn
HALOCAD plugin for Autodesk Revit: .rvt, .rfa
HALOCAD plugin for PTC Creo: .asm, .prt, .mfg, .drw, .frm, .lay, .sec
HALOCAD plugin for Siemens NX: .prt
HALOCAD plugin for Solid Edge: .par, .psm, .asm, .dft
HALOCAD plugin for SolidWorks: .sldprt, .sldasm, .slddrw, .slddrt
HALOCAD plugin for Bentley MicroStation: .dgn

PLM Multi-CAD Integrations Supported by HALOCAD

The following are the PLM multi-CAD integrations supported by HALOCAD

HALOCAD® Add-on for Siemens Teamcenter – Siemens NX Integration
HALOCAD® Add-on for Siemens Teamcenter – Solid Edge Integration
HALOCAD® Add-on for Siemens Teamcenter – SolidWorks Integration
HALOCAD® Add-on for Siemens Teamcenter – PTC Creo Integration
HALOCAD® Add-on for SAP ECTR – Autodesk AutoCAD Integration
HALOCAD® Add-on for SAP ECTR – PTC Creo Integration
HALOCAD® Add-on for SAP ECTR – Solid Edge Integration
HALOCAD® Add-on for Autodesk Vault – Autodesk AutoCAD Integration
HALOCAD® Add-on for Autodesk Vault – Autodesk Inventor Integration

HALOCAD in action

Watch this three-minute video to learn how HALOCAD automates data security within CAD environments and process chains.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is HALOCAD SAP specific?

No. HALOCAD can be used by companies that manage their CAD files using SAP KPro or SAP ECTR. It can also be companies that use any other ERP, independent of where the CAD files are managed. In such case, HALOCAD directly integrates MIP with the respective CAD application.

What are the CAD applications that are currently supported by HALOCAD?

HALOCAD currently supports following CAD applications:

  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • PTC Creo
  • Siemens NX & Solid Edge
  • Bentley MicroStation
  • Dassault SolidWorks

What are the PLM applications that are currently supported by HALOCAD?

HALOCAD currently supports following PLM applications:

  • PTC Windchill
  • Siemens Teamcenter
  • Autodesk Vault

Further applications planned include:

  • Bentley ProjectWise
  • Dassault SolidWorks PDM

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