There is an interesting article about CAD tools and Collaboration in Nasa Tech Briefs. In the article the author states "Collaborating and sharing data quickly is an attractive prospect for designers and engineers — it’s the “securely” part that worries many". They've hit the nail on the head with this statement. These days most people understand the benefits of sharing their data on the Internet, but they are concerned about the security involved with doing so.
Read the article here:
Bonus Buzzsaw Tip:
This article got me thinking about security and I thought it might be a good idea to point out the recent improvements in Buzzsaw security. Buzzsaw has always been hosted in a very secure environment, but recently we added some new functionality that allows an organization to control the security of their site in extreme detail. You can find the new security settings on the Security Tab of the Site Admin area.
On the Security Tab adminstrators can control the following:
- Set passwords to automatically expire
Exclude users from expiration (ie. the CEO)
- Password Requirements
Control how strong passwords must be
- Exclude words in the english dictionary
Exclude the user's name or username
- Login Controls
- Enable or Disable Password Assistance
- Disable users after X# of failed attempts
Session Time Outs
- Control when users are timed out
- Disable users if they don't log in for x number of days
- Restrict or grant access to members based upon their IP address
Note: be very careful with IP Restrictions as you can lock yourself out!