INFORMATION MANAGEMENT IN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT WORKFLOWS – A NOVEL APPROACH ON THE BASIS OF PSEUDONYMIZATION OF PRODUCT INFORMATION
Editor: Marjanovic Dorian, Storga Mario, Pavkovic Neven, Bojcetic Nenad
Author: Gerhard D., Reinauer G., Krumboeck A., Ljuhar R.
Section: DESIGN INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE
Information stored in the documentation of a product constitutes in many aspects the intellectual property (IP) of an enterprise. This valuable knowledge, built over years of extensive research and development deserves special attention and protection. Especially the context of distributed product development activities and increased collaborations with external partners puts companies at a growing risk that unauthorized individuals obtain access to this prized capital. In this paper, we present a novel concept for managing and sharing sensitive information in product development processes. Product information is separated and subsequently pseudonymized into independent blocks of data fragments which can be reassembled to specific information levels depending on the requirements of the organization. Thus, a user can be given access to that level of information specifically required to complete the task. The product information itself is only available as unordered data fragments and no longer interpretable even in case of data theft. By doing so, a comprehensive protection against internal and external abuse of sensitive product information can be realized which can easily be combined with existing concepts in the field of information protection.