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Gonzaga University Uses CADVault® Software To Safeguard Students

Campus Arson Incident Highlights Importance Of Digital Rights Management

Apple Creek, Ohio, October 26, 2006 -- CADLock, Inc. revealed how a campus arson incident at Gonzaga University highlights the importance of securing engineering and facilities data.

On March 13, 2006, a fire started at the $10.4 million Kennedy Apartments at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. The newly built apartment complex was only days away from scheduled completion of the sprinkler system, when a fire broke out. The result was a nearly total loss of the three building complex. An investigation determined the fire was intentionally set.

The fire not only caused a major disruption to the University's plans to provide new student accommodations, it also raised concerns among parents of students living elsewhere on campus. During the prior creation of a secure website for Fire Department use, it became clear that CAD drawing file security was paramount for all campus buildings. "Our CAD drawings contain information about construction, systems, and security devices", explained CAD Designer John Bogar. "We needed a way to easily share these files with our partners, contractors and employees, while ensuring that potentially hostile third parties do not have access to critical data in the files."

That is where CADVault® for AutoCAD® came in. CADVault, a digital rights management software product from CADLock, Inc., allows the University to maintain control over its CAD drawings even when the files are sent outside the organization.

As John Bogar explains, "CADVault allowed us to control who views our drawings as well as protect the integrity of the information within them. That means we can easily provide drawing files to anyone who needs them, without worrying about important information falling into the wrong hands. Even though the files may move beyond our direct control, we know that only authorized personnel will have access to the sensitive data within them."

In a world where not everybody can be trusted, it's good to know that technology is helping to keep sensitive information from falling into the hands of the wrong people.

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CADLock, Inc. is a privately held manufacturer of data security software solutions headquartered in Ohio, USA with regional offices in Germany and Australia. CADLock security technology, code named "Orion", has powered its AutoCAD drawing file security software since 1996. CADLock® is the most trusted name in AutoCAD drawing file security. For more information visit

About Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University is a private, four-year comprehensive university situated on 108 acres along the beautiful Spokane River, within a 10-minute walk of downtown Spokane, Washington. Gonzaga was founded in 1887, and enrolls about 6,400 students in 92 undergraduate and 26 graduate programs. The Gonzaga School of Law is one of three in the state of Washington. Gonzaga's educational philosophy is based on the 450-year old Ignatian model that aims to educate the whole person -- mind, body, spirit -- an integration of science and art, faith and reason, action and contemplation. At Gonzaga, "cura personalis", or care for the individual, is the guiding theme.

Gonzaga is named after a young 16th century Italian Jesuit, Aloysius Gonzaga, who died in Rome trying to save young people from the plague. He was later named the patron saint of youth.


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