CAD Manager's Newsletter (#353)

14 Oct, 2015 By: Robert Green

The Minimalist's Guide to File Security

Keep your data safe by checking these key parameters.


As our day-to-day work becomes more complex, there is a human tendency to skip the things that seem simple. In a CAD management context, we spend ever more time dealing with intricate software deployments, while glossing over very basic needs, such as securing our data.

In this edition of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I'll give you a high level checklist of some basic but essential file security measures you need in your CAD environment. As we go, I'll provide some contextual examples for each scenario to provoke thought and self-auditing of your security controls. Here goes.

File Security is Paramount

While file security may not be glamorous, you must be proactive when dealing with your data. Thankfully, tracking file security risks and establishing a preemptive action plan is simply a matter of auditing your current situation, and then dealing with any gaps detected. We'll need to address how to:

  • stop accidental file deletion/overwrite,
  • avoid cloud data risks, and
  • implement reliable data backup procedures.

Let's expand these topics into a series of action items that you must take to ensure high file security. Your task is to consider any areas where your security controls are deficient so you can start taking corrective actions. Read more »

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Portable Hard Drive Tutorial

As a companion piece to this issue's focus on having a backup drive on your desktop, read this interesting article from PC Magazine.

How to Buy and External Hard Drive

This article offers comprehensive coverage of different sizes and interface technologies for a variety of portable storage solutions. Whether you're looking for something to plug into a USB-equipped laptop or a Thunderbolt-equipped workstation, there's a section in this article that addresses the technology. Read more »

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:: Events

Zuken Innovation World 2016 Americas
April 18–20, 2016
San Diego, California
The two-day user conference will bring together Zuken software customers, partners, industry professionals, and technology experts to network and learn about the company's electrical and electronic engineering software. Read more »

2016 Vectorworks Design Summit
April 25–27, 2016
Chicago, Illinois
At this Vectorworks user conference, professionals and students across the AEC landscape and in entertainment design disciplines can attend keynote presentations by Vectorworks executives and industry leaders as well as learn about Vectorworks software's future development cycle. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to

:: What's New at

Video Tip: Keep Track of Your AutoCAD Drawing Time
It's nice to know how much time you've spent on an AutoCAD drawing. It also comes in handy when you want to see how much time someone else spent on a drawing! Watch the video »

HP, Dell Seek to Lure PC Users with Budget-Conscious Workstations
With more and more options in the triple-digit range, customers who have found workstations too expensive in the past may take a second look. Read more »

On-Demand Webinar: Taming Cross-Site CAD/BIM Collaboration
Does your cross-site CAD and BIM workflow buckle under the pressure of collaborating on files and models across geographically dispersed locations? This Panzura-sponsored webinar explains a way that CAD and IT managers have to overcome the challenges of slow networks and poor file control. Watch the video »

HP–Memjet Patent Suit Puts Spotlight on Wide-Format Printing Technology
With two hardware developers grappling over technology patents, what are the ramifications for the marketplace? Read more »

Autodesk Adds Simulation Capabilities to Fusion 360
If you've ever needed to put a frame around your AutoCAD text objects, then you'll appreciate this quick tip from Autodesk Evangelist Lynn Allen, who Linear stress and modal analysis are the first wave in the company's planned rollout, with thermal and fatigue analysis still in the works. Read more »

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