Securing Intellectual Property

Building a secure and scalable IT infrastructure architecture to protect enterprise intellectual property.

Steps included:

  1. Identify IP that was important to CTC (the customer)
  2. Identify the vulnerabilities and the associated requirements to protect the CTC intellectual property.
  3. The engagement of internal and external stakeholders in a process to identify risks.
  4. The selection from the options available
  5. The design and implementation of the appropriate IT infrastructure to protect the valuable CTC intellectual property.

Security is often viewed as a technical component, addressed as its own layer like icing on a cake.  Effective security is integrated holistically, a staple ingredient and one that must be continuously and consistently addressed.  When a change to your IT environment is made, either with a patch, firmware upgrade, new hardware or application, security must be reviewed specifically to the change introduced and holistically to ensure no weakness or access point is introduced.

When considering a change of significant magnitude, a best practice is to conduct an environmental scan or assessment.  An assessment reviews the business environment from multiple perspectives: business, technology and financial and provides the opportunity to review current practices for on-going relevancy and to identify new opportunities and risks.

The Canadian Tourism Commission (“CTC”) promotes the growth and profitability of the Canadian tourism industry by marketing Canada as a desirable travel destination and providing timely and accurate information to the Canadian tourism industry to assist in its decision making.  CTC’s commodity is the intellectual property (“IP”) obtained from its partners’, and the products it creates to market Canada as a premium travel destination to the world.   Judging by the numerous awards the CTC has won world-wide in digital and print marketing, the value of this “IP” is immeasurable.

MYRA is a trusted technology partner of CTC and was engaged to conduct assessments of their storage and backup; and digital assets.  In addition to the standard storage and backup requirements was ensuring “IP” security, and the continuing trust of its stakeholders in data integrity.

MYRA conducted an environmental scan of the business, working with key internal and external stakeholders to determine the short and long-term requirements and to identify concerns and trends in media ownership, storage and transmission in both domestic and international markets.    The assessments’ key criteria were: security of data; ease of data access by users; scalability; compatibility and ease of integration into current architecture; ease of administration, backup and archive capabilities; TCO and ROI considerations.  Overriding all of these concerns however, was security of the “IP” entrusted to CTC by partners and the products acquired and produced by the CTC.

MYRA assessments are vendor neutral, delivering recommendations that focus on customer requirements and their environments holistically. The assessment of storage, backup and digital media provided CTC with comprehensive information on vendors and their approaches to storage, backup, archive and security, addressing the specifics of multiple media format hosting and delivery.

CTC invested in the assessment through active participation by internal and external stakeholders in the process, and the expected benefits resulted in MYRA presenting recommendations that were specific to their requirements and realistic in expected goals and outcomes.

The overall benefit to CTC was the ability to make short and long term financial and technical planning decisions, and gain a solid understanding of the risks and options available to their infrastructure and user community.   CTC was able to make vendor choices based on architecture that would integrate with their current security and mitigate potential gaps as well as delivering on all of the identified criteria.