Monday, September 12, 2016

The DCNS submarine data leak - how trade secrets management protocols failed

Classified information and ship design trade secrets are almost always very tightly controlled by data rights management protocols.

These protocols have failed DCNS, a French shipbuilder.

A leak of 22400 pages submarine plans detailing the secret combat capability of DCNS’s Scorpene –class submarines has been the subject of much consternation in defence circles in the past month. Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne was reported last week as being unperturbed because the Barracuda-class submarine, to be provided to Australia by DCNS under a AUD50 billion contract, is a different design to Scorpene-class submarines.