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Document DRM technology experiencing resurgence

Aug 27, 2013 12:30:34 AM

Document security is a critical aspect of any organization. Leaving data unprotected can lead to the publication of intellectual property or the theft of clients' sensitive information - both of which can be devastating to a business.

However, despite these potential consequences, many businesses remain unprotected. A recent Mobilisafe study found that employees at small to medium size businesses (SMB) regularly use mobile devices that lack sufficient security measures, with 71 percent displaying operating system and application vulnerabilities. As bring your own device (BYOD) policies become more prevalent at businesses across the country, failure to adequately protect these devices may lead to serious document security issues.

Recognizing the risks of the growing BYOD trend, as well as organizations' increasing reliance on the cloud and other web technologies, NetworkWorld's Jon Oltsik argues that now, more than ever, it is important for businesses to implement document DRM strategies. As he points out, DRM allows an organization to control access to each of its documents on a case-by-case basis. By encrypting data, a business can protect its information, even if the file or device containing it somehow reaches an unauthorized individual.