This is a follow-up on a previous blog post of mine. In my first post on Export Control Compliance I tried to explain what ITAR is and why it’s important for defense contractors, manufacturers and suppliers. Knowing or learning about it is great, but what we have learned from conversations with current customers is that discovering high-risk, sensitive USML related content is something that many organizations in the defense industry have struggled with in the past.
Traditional enterprise-class DLP and data discovery solutions are very complex to start and effectively use, and are usually not flexible enough for large, complex IT infrastructures. And to make matters worse, they are not cost-friendly on IT budgets. The first step in maintaining compliance with ITAR is discovering where the USML related content exists. Next, you have to protect that sensitive data. Failure to comply with ITAR can result in hefty fines and penalties, and in some cases imprisonment.
STEALTHbits Sensitive Data Discovery solutions offer a simple-to-deploy, easy-to-use tool for identifying articles and services, outlined in the United States Munitions List (USML), across your file systems, enabling compliance for the Defense Industry. In addition to the already 450+ file types that we can scan for and the custom criteria ability feature, we’ve added content scanning criteria, specific for ITAR compliance.