April 26, 2004
AirZip Takes a
Dedicated Approach to DRM
Jim Rapoza, eWeek
any company considering a digital
rights management solution, one of
the biggest questions is: Will it
work with the content-creation
applications that the company uses?
Most products are tied to Microsoft
Corp.'s Office or Adobe Systems
Inc.'s Acrobat. If an organization
uses something else, finding a DRM
solution gets a lot more difficult.
get around this limitation, AirZip
Inc. uses a dedicated Windows client
application in its FileSECURE 2.01
platform, which shipped last month.
The result: intuitive applications
that enabled us in tests to manage
rights and policies for content
access and distribution, protect
content in a drag-and-drop authoring
client, and read protected content
in a simple reader application.
FileSECURE's client-based approach
makes it possible to encrypt and
protect almost any file or content
type without worrying whether it
integrates with an editing
application. While there is a
weakness in this approach, in that
there can't be mandatory policy
enforcement within the authoring
applications themselves, most DRM
implementations focus on content
recipients, not content creators.
also liked that FileSECURE allowed
us to define directories that could
automatically protect content as it
was added to the directory.
FileSECURE can integrate with Active
Directory and any LDAP user
cost of a complete FileSECURE
implementation starts at $5,000;
additional license seats cost $10
each with volume pricing.
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