|SealedMedia, a digital rights management software provider, has announced
the latest release of its document security software. The new technology
can seal Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in addition to the standard media
formats already supported: HTML, Adobe PDF, JPEG, GIF, MP3, and QuickTime.
According to the announcement, support for these formats only requires
the installation of a small browser plug-in on end-users' computers.
Martin Lambert, SealedMedia's chief technology officer, said: "Our technology
makes confidential documents secure and keeps the security with the sealed
document wherever it goes and whoever uses it, unlike conventional PKI-based
security products which attempt to secure the network. A good analogy is
that our technology is like permanently locking traditional print documents
in a secure briefcase within a huge building. Conventional security products
leave the content lying around everywhere in the building and try to secure
every door, window, and drainpipe, which is impossible."
According to the announcement, the importance of persistent control
over electronic content is critical to most organizations, as e-mail and
Web sites have opened up windows to the outside world. This can easily
lead to the inadvertent or malicious release of private or confidential
information. In addition, employees now use mobile computing devices that
all have the capability of holding ever-increasing amounts of confidential
and proprietary information. The ease with which these devices can be lost
or stolen makes the protection of the information on them even more critical.
According to the announcement, SealedMedia's unique architecture enables
organizations to revoke end-user access rights to sealed content at any
time, regardless of where the sealed content is stored or whether the end-user
was previously authorized to access it.
SealedMedia provides digital rights management technology for organizations
that require persistent control over digital content delivered via the
Internet. The company claims its technology is unique in its support for
multiple media formats, its association of access rights with people rather
than devices, and the flexibility of the usage models it enables.
Source: SealedMedia, Burlington, MA, 781/685-4973; http://www.sealedmedia.com.