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  1. 1. RiserTec Implements Sentinel HASP to Protect Valuable Intellectual Property, Built Upon One of the Most Widely Used Engineering Software Platforms Today. Case studyThe SafeNet Professional Services Team delivered a custom HASP HL solution built to protect valuable RiserTec algorithms andenable sales of several different worksheet models, each licensed differently.RiserTec is an independent engineering consultancy and training firm that specializes in the analysis and design of off-shore oiland gas production facilities. Integral to its business are the specialized worksheets they have developed over many years toundertake a wide range of engineering calculations associated with pipeline and riser systems.BackgroundIt was through their consultancy work, that RiserTec’s software unit was Challengeborn. Over the years, the company has developed an extensive library of Protect the company’s specialized and highly valuable engineeringproprietary mathematical worksheets in house for use in their consulting calculations and algorithms, without hindering customer experience.business. These worksheets, built upon a leading engineering calculationplatform, contain proprietary engineering formulas which are extremely solutionspecific and exceptionally valuable to RiserTec as well as many other A secure communication channel between the HASP HL key and thecompanies within the off-shore oil and gas industry. application offers powerful resistance to “man-in-the-middle” andThe more specialized these worksheets are, the less input is required bruteforce attacks. Utilizing SafeNet’s Professional Service Team,from the end user. Therefore, the level of expertise needed to run the RiserTec can now sell several different worksheet models, eachprograms is minimal. RiserTec’s customers can confidently run these licensed differently.simulations in the field to protect their investment. These simulationsreduce error, reassuring that end-user equipment remains undamaged Resultsand performs correctly. RiserTec appreciates the robust protection, flexibility and ease of use that HASP offers. Moving forward they are now in a position to easily implement other HASP features such as the report generator and trialware.RiserTec Case Study 1
  2. 2. Business Challenge the ImplementationThere was a serious concern that the engineering calculations on RiserTec sells several different worksheet models and each needed tothese worksheets might be illegally copied and used fraudulently. Once be licensed differently. SafeNet’s Professional Services Team was ablecreated, the calculations can be easily manipulated and modified for to develop code tailored around the organization’s needs. All modelsother uses, in a fraction of the time it would take to start from scratch. use the same DLL to verify that the module is licensed to run, so theirSomething had to be put in place to prevent third parties and departing end-user customers can use the same key to license any combination ofemployees from potentially walking off with the intellectual property models. Conversely, models not paid for, cannot be accessed.contained in the RiserTec worksheets and using it at a competing firm. the ResultsAlso, due to the nature of the industry, the customers who were Since deploying, RiserTec appreciates the robust protection andpurchasing these worksheets needed to be able to transport and use flexibility HASP offers. Intellectual property in the form of complexthe protected software, off-shore, on a laptop. “To my knowledge, engineering calculations dating back 30 years is now protected againstthere had been no previous attempts at trying to protect this internal influences and external competitors.worksheet software, but I needed a way to protect a lifetime ofdeveloped algorithms,” said Dr. John Shanks, senior consultant at “Knowing what you have invested and being able toRiserTec. Something had to be done. document a steady revenue stream is a major assetthe Journey to any organization. Get engineering calculationsRiserTec first looked at developing a system, in-house, to protect their under control from the beginning and the systemintellectual property investment. Rather quickly, RiserTec realized will grow naturally within your company, it willthe specialized level of technical expertise required to implement asoftware license enforcement and protection solution and decided to always be under control”outsource the job. -dr. John shanks, senior consultant at Risertec.RiserTec wanted a security solution that was transparent to the end Sentinel HASP HL is also keeping RiserTec’s customers happy. The keysuser, easy to use, cost effective, and offered portability for those are easy to use; RiserTec is able to vary implementation of the productoccasions when the worksheet software would be used on ships in features to fit their specific needs. Plus they represent and reinforcethe field. Dr. Shanks and other RiserTec employees had first-hand that RiserTec is securing the license and intellectual property in theexperience with the successes of Sentinel HASP, through other programs software product their customers’ have purchased.with previous employers. According to Dr. Shanks, “Sentinel HASP puts RiserTec in a great positionFamiliarity with Sentinel HASP and knowledge that other enterprise for the future. Moving forward, we can easily implement other HASPcompanies were using it provided a great vote of confidence. “When I features such as the report generator and trialware. These additionallook at the HASP system, I see a lot of engineering software that is features could provide additional customer insight and tracking whilebeing protected by that system. Oil and gas is a conservative industry introducing software-based protection and license deployment.”and we prefer to buy from firms with field experience and provenresults,” stated Dr. Shanks. about safeNet Founded in 1983, SafeNet is a global leader in information security. SafeNet protects its customers’ most valuable assets, including identities, transactions, communications, data and software licensing,the solution throughout the data lifecycle. More than 25,000 customers acrossRiserTec chose Sentinel HASP HL keys to protect their worksheets. both commercial enterprises and government agencies and in over 100The hardware keys were chosen for their ease of use and portability. countries trust their information security needs to SafeNet.Internally, the key sits on the server and is invisible to employees.However, visibility kicks in if they try to run the protected worksheet on about Risertecanother server. RiserTec is an independent Engineering Design Consultancy based inSince RiserTec’s customers need to be able to run the software off- Aberdeen, UK specialising in Riser and Subsea Engineering for a wideshore on a work vessel, the transportable HASP USB keys are the ideal range of international clients.choice. The time-based licensing feature of Sentinel HASP also makes RiserTec was formed in October 2003 with the objective of providingit possible for RiserTec to stipulate a specific timeframe for their technically advanced engineering analysis and design solutionssoftware licenses and charge accordingly. coupled with extensive and practical project based experience. For more information, visit: www.risertec.com. Contact us: For all office locations and contact information, please visit www.safenet-inc.com Follow us: www.safenet-inc.com/connected ©2010 SafeNet, Inc. All rights reserved. SafeNet and SafeNet logo are registered trademarks of SafeNet. All other product names are trademarks of their respective owners. CS (EN)-12.26.10RiserTec Case Study 2