Securing Microsoft Office Documents Outside the Enterprise

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With regulatory compliance issues impacting organizations of every size and in every market, reducing the risk that confidential information will fall into unauthorized hands requires IT to revisit document-level encryption. In the absence of Windows Rights Management Services, document encryption via Office is a management burden.

When to Secure at the Document Level?

Securing content at the document level on a regular basis is unnecessary for documents that are managed by enterprise systems that employ access controls to content repositories, such as file systems and document management systems. However, when a document leaves the control boundaries of these systems, for example during routing to a party outside of the enterprise, it is impossible to control use of the document without extensive certificate-based public key infrastructures (PKI).

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Search Code: 3925
Published: April 17, 2007
Last Revised: April 17, 2007

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