2 best practices for protecting restricted information

Gain better control of access to restricted content with these two helpful suggestions.

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Protecting restricted content

By Dr. Paul Clements

Aerospace & Defense (A&D) manufacturers are challenged with developing product portfolios that control access to restricted content for domestic and international customers. Manufacturers must meet content restrictions in derived products to comply with statutes of sale in different countries, safeguard each customer’s intellectual property, and protect classified information. To remain competitive, these organizations must also seek efficient means of production that can increase automation, product line scalability, and quality.

Feature-based product line engineering (PLE) addresses this multi-faceted challenge by dramatically simplifying the creation and evolution of a product line and enables A&D manufacturers to protect and manage restricted content more efficiently. Organizations create a PLE factory, analogous to a manufacturing factory except that it operates on digital assets rather than physical parts. With the PLE factory, organizations establish a superset of digital assets equipped with all the feature options offered in the product line. The PLE factory automates production by assembling and configuring these assets based on the features desired for each product variation.

To manage restricted content, two recommended best practices help ensure content restrictions are met:

• Capability auditing: A focused quality audit to assess restricted content use across the product life cycle to verify compliance

• Product manifest: A set of checks and balances at different points along the life cycle provide an auditable paper trail for pinpointing leaks – particularly useful in engineering environments where multiple product lines coexist

Mistakes can be disastrous because content restrictions may be based on public safety, intellectual property (IP) protection laws, or government security statutes. So it’s critical manufacturers implement best practices in managing product variation and conduct quality audits to ensure full compliance with content restrictions.

About the author: Dr. Paul Clements is vice president of customer success at BigLever Software

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