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Is secure data collaboration the next gamechanger for enterprises? 

Since the dawn of the digital era, enterprises are realizing the importance of accessing more data. The more information is available the better it is for the organization.  

Data has always been and continues to be the king. The right data input provides more information about the challenges and helps to build better solutions. Enterprises are becoming aware that more access to data through third-party partnerships helps to create better growth opportunities.  

However, for enterprises to share data amongst themselves three important factors have to be kept in mind: 

  1. Data sharing must be mutually beneficial to both the organizations 
  2. The benefits of data sharing must outweigh its risks 
  3. Trust in data sharing remains ambiguous 

While it is a nobrainer that enterprises would be willing to share data only when it is mutually beneficial what one needs to take care is to note how secure is that transaction?  

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Sharing data between enterprises can be risky if there is no proper security in place. In a centralized data-sharing model such risks multiply as data owners lose control of their prized assets. Without proper security control, ensuring compliance is definitely out of the question.  

Lack of control over the usage of data by other enterprises is also the biggest concern. There is still legal uncertainty over data ownership rights. Traditional architectures are incapable of offering security, especially sensitive data. Therefore, one needs to consider a Zero Trust Architecture while sharing data.  

To solve these unique problems of data sharing where data has to be protected from unauthorized access enterprises have to consider newer techniques of data sharing.  

Enterprises have to look at how to represent data in a form that can be shared, analyzed, and operated on without exposing the raw information.  

Accenture calls this as Privacy Preserving Computation (PPC) Techniques. PPC techniques use encryption differently to provide a mechanism to share data with other enterprises while at the same time limiting how these enterprises can access the data, what portions of the data they can view, and what they can infer from it. PPC techniques usually do one of the following: 

  1. Control the environment within which the data can be operated 
  2. Conceal the data to protect the privacy of the data 
  3. Provide a way to allow data to be operated on while encrypted 

Barring a few, most enterprises use SAP ERP solutions that offer end-to-end digitization for business. While data downloaded within the SAP environment is safe, how safe it is for data when it is downloaded outside of the SAP premises? 

With more than two decades of experience in the data security field, nobody understands data security better than SECUDE. SECUDE’s products leverage Microsoft’s Azure Information Protection (AIP) for data encryption and support all implementation scenarios of AIP and RMS (Rights Management Services) 

SECUDE’s HALOCORE extends the SAP access control shield for intellectual property, personally identifiable information and even toxic data, and other sensitive data beyond the SAP enterprise application boundary.  

By integrating directly with SAP, HALOCORE protects data with automated classification, blocks unauthorized reports, and helps generate fine-grained access policies.  

This innovative approach allows enterprises to maintain a high level of control and security over sensitive documents extracted from SAP throughout their lifetime, even if these have been shared via email, downloaded to a recipient’s PC, or printed as PDF.  

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

HALOCAD also integrates seamlessly with Siemens Teamcenter and NX with MIP to protect CAD sensitive data. HALOCAD enables users of PTC Creo® software to enhance their file integrity and quality by leveraging Microsoft’s Azure Information Protection (AIP) program. 

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