Digital rights management, often known as enterprise DRM, gives companies control over the sharing capabilities of their documents. Nothing about this technology is necessarily new, rights management versions have been in Windows Server since 2003. For businesses, its generally surprising that many are unaware of the benefits of employing DRM. Data control is enforced over networks, mobile devices, and applications so why not documents. DRM allows companies to share quotes and prices with clientele, monitoring the number of times the document has been opened. You can also set documents to expire, such as with prices and quotes so only the most current document is available. In addition DRM allows for control of sharing, making it possible to send documents to clients without them being forwarded to your competition.
Companies are beginning to see that protecting the perimeter and devices is no longer enough, and that a data-centric approach is necessary, says Dan Plastina who runs Microsoft’s rights management offerings. He goes on to to describe rights management as “identity-bound data protection; you encrypt the files so only the right person has access to it”. Although most of the companies that have DRM capabilities enforced are in finance, automotive, or manufacturing, data rights management is important for greater range of companies than it is currently reaching. What companies need to understand is the importance of control. Data goes to the cloud, to clients, to vendors, forwarded to partners, passed around without any central control of what is being sent, changed, or if the data is current. DRM eliminates the mess of rogue data.
The most important thing to acknowledge with DRM is flexibility of control. Rights management works well if you begin by identifying the basic needs, classifying, labeling and protecting. This way you can ensure that digital rights management is working to the benefit of your company.
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Security executives have increasingly urged firms to utilize prevention, encouraging a plan that encompasses Information Technology and business units in order to ensure cyber security.
Why might you ask? As a mere observation, most firms have accepted hackers as a viable threat that will eventually infiltrate their network. Rather than focus on preventative measures, companies have taken to the opposite, strengthening their reactive forces and mitigating the damage a hacker can do once inside. Although important, focus needs to be on cyber security and data breach prevention in addition to recovery after the fact. This change of mindset ensures significant progress can be made to prevent threats, making better use of time and resources for your company.
John Davis, CSO of Palo Alto Networks’ federal division, suggests “Call for a comprehensive risk analysis, mapping out the different segments of the network and examining the needs of the enterprise along with the security concerns.” He encourages information technology teams and cybersecurity teams to work together for a higher level of performance. Prevention tactics bring together these two forces in a more collective manner.
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Today, all enterprises depend on DBMS technology to store their critical business data. Databases support mission- critical data for banks, hospitals, airlines, defense agencies, schools, retailers, and other industries. Every new database that an organization deploys puts pressure on IT to ensure its availability, integration, security, reliability, and quality. Managing databases with fewer people has always been a challenge, but with databases scaling to terabytes and petabytes, these challenges have grown more acute. Being able to find the correct people via staffing is crucial in keeping your databases within control and manageable. Some of the other challendges that most organizations are experieincing are as followed:
- Delivering improved performance
- Lack of staff resources
- Data integration issues
- High data volume growth