The First Security System for Shapefiles
In This Issue
In the August 2011 edition of GeoView, we are proud to unveil a video introduction to VectorLock, the first security system for shapefiles. We also feature a detailed look at the Q3 US Parcel layer update as well as details on a new pricing model for pipelines and other corridors. From our partners, we have a new DigitalGlobe aerial coverage map for the US and Europe and details on the second edition of SPOTMAPS Australia.
Do You Know Who Has Your Mapping Data? If Not, Protect it With VectorLock - The First Security System For Shapefiles
A Video Introduction to VectorLock - The First Security System for Shapefiles
Specifics on the Q2 2011 US-Wide Parcel Layer Release
Custom US Parcel Pricing for Pipelines, Transmission Systems and Corridors
Satellites in the News – Aquarius
Gone Fishing – Invasion of the Snakehead
In Focus - Three Gorges Dam
High Resolution Satellite Imagery Shows an Increase in Rwanda's Forest Cover
Q: "Ongoing Geospatial Education?" A: "Penn State."
Monthly Update on DigitalGlobe's Aerial Imagery Program
SPOTMAPS Australia – On Going Updates and High Location Accuracy
Word of the Month - Spectral Band
Geospatial Freebie of the Month - The ASTER GDEM
The Beaten Path – The Strategic Petroleum Reserves
The Speculative Tasking Program
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Considered one of the seven forgotten wonders of the world, Niagara Falls is a breathtaking tourist destination. Located on the Niagara River, it acts as an international water barrier separating the United States from Canada. It is composed of two major sections, the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, and the American Falls on the U.S. side. These two sections are separated by Goat Island, a popular destination on the American side accessible by foot, car or trackless train. It derives its name from a herd of goats that was kept on the island in the late 1700s, but due to an extremely harsh winter, only one goat survived. Also included in Niagara Falls is another smaller waterfall called Bridal Veil Falls. At its base is the Cave of the Winds which provides a protective barrier from the runoff - and is a very kitschy place for people to get married – hence its name. The name Niagara is believed to be derived from "Niagagarega" who were a local branch of the Iroquois Nation that resided in the area when French settlers arrived in the 1700s.
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Do You Know Who Has Your Mapping Data?
If Not, Protect it With VectorLock – The First Security System For Shapefiles
As the importance of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) departments have grown in both corporations and governments alike, so too has the 'value' of the datasets that GIS professionals create, maintain and update. These organizations invest significant resources on proprietary and sensitive geographic databases with no effective way to secure them from internal and external threats. As Ernst and Young states in Information Security in a Borderless World (April 2011), "It's time to rethink information security programs and the strategies organizations should use to keep their most valuable assets safe."
With eMap International's VectorLock, the first security system for shapefiles, organizations will finally be able to secure their most valuable mapping assets from both internal and external threats. VectorLock is an ESRI ArcGIS extension that allows GIS administrators to:
Take for example these common applications of shapefiles that are currently protected by relatively unenforceable licensing and employment agreements:
- Limit how long shapefiles can be used;
- Control user access and permissions to these datasets;
- And preserve the integrity of data.
- Proprietary leasing information is shared in a data room with competing oil and gas firms who may work with you on a joint venture production project; but what happens to this proprietary data if the project does not move forward?
- Sensitive and/or classified shapefiles are transferred between multiple government contractors; but how do you assure data security and integrity?
- Your company has a large GIS division that is generating extremely sensitive infrastructure information in shapefile format for government and utility clients; but what happens to these shapefiles when employees leave for a position at a competing firm?
- The Department of Transportation was just sent the newest version of your pipeline route which their operations crews use to decide where to and not to dig; but are they updating their pipeline database with the most current route information?
- Your organization generates revenue by selling shapefiles that you create and update on a regular basis; but what happens if your clients give this information out to others or decide not renew their contract next year?
By employing eMap International's patented technology, VectorLock, you can assure your data is secure for the first time ever in all these situations by controlling who can access the data and then by setting a time limit (e.g. an expiration date) for this access.
For more information on VectorLock, please refer to these informational pieces that can be downloaded from this website.
If you would like to watch a short video showing the simplicity of licensing data with VectorLock, please refer to this website.
"Information security should be a foundational element of your organization's enterprise-wide risk management strategy." (Ernst & Young, April 2011) And once your shapefiles are protected with VectorLock, GIS administrators, lawyers and managers can be sure that their organization's risk management strategy covers all their sensitive mapping data.
About eMap International
Since 1999, eMap International has provided the highest quality geospatial products and consulting to a wide range of academic, commercial and government clients. Working with clients from Fortune 500 firms to individuals, global academic institutions of all sizes and key federal, state and local agencies, eMap has a proven track record of delivering project-specific geospatial products, including satellite and aerial imagery, elevation models and web services, as well as innovative solutions such as Impervious Surface Mapping and ImageBoost. With over 80 years of geospatial industry experience, eMap International is uniquely suited to provide you with expert geospatial consulting, superior technical support and responsive customer service. For more information visit: www.emap-int.com.
About Par Government Systems – our development partner for VectorLock
PAR Government is comprised of Rome Research Corporation (Technical Services), PAR Government Systems Corporation (Applied Technology) and PAR Australia led by one executive management team and supported by a unified business management organization. With this structure, the unique technical capabilities of each company are delivered to the Government in a completely transparent manner. PAR Government delivers innovative information management solutions through advanced technology and professional services to Federal, State, and local Government agencies as well as private industry customers throughout the world. Our commitment is clear: to accomplish the mission.
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