ITAR Case Study - Protecting Sensitive Documents

ITAR Case Study - Protecting Sensitive Documents The U.S. government's International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) governs the dissemination of a broad array of information. Among its requirements, ITAR prohibits disclosing or transferring regulated technical data to a foreign person, whether in the United States or abroad. Regulated information does not need to leave a company or even the building to constitute an ITAR violation. Under the "deemed export" rule, sharing controlled information, intentionally or not, with a foreign person (including those present in the U.S.) is considered a violation of ITAR that can result in penalties.

Companies that export products - particularly in the high-tech, aviation, and military sectors - must put in place mechanisms that prevent violations of U.S. export laws. These regulation hold companies accountable for the acts of anyone who accesses technical data. Penalties for export violations can be severe - $1M and 10 years in prison per violation, prohibitions against future export by the company, and the loss of government contracts.

Read this white paper to learn about a manufacturing company that recently converted confidential documents to PDF format, and how they controlled the security of these documents.

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