Microsoft has partnered with 20 companies to secure digital information from unauthorised use employing so-called rights management technology.
Microsoft will work with third-party companies, including nCipher and Liquid Machines, to secure files such as e-mail and word processing documents regardless of where they are stored, using rights management features and tools in Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Internet Security Acceleration (ISA) Server.
Liquid Machines is working with Microsoft to integrate its products with Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) for Windows Server 2003.
The company will use its proprietary auto-integration technology and application programming interfaces (APIs) to add RMS features to applications such as Adobe's Acrobat, Documentum enterprise content management products and Siebel's customer relationship management products.
NCipher, maker of computer hardware which stores the keys used to encrypt data, said its technology will be used to provide a tamper-resistant environment to store and manage the keys used by RMS to encrypt and then unlock documents and messages.
Gigamedia Access said that it will use the Microsoft RMS technology in its GigaTrust for e-mail and GigaTrust for web servers products. Microsoft's Windows RMS will allow GigaTrust to offer document rights management as a hosted service to customers that want to secure inter-company communications and communications with business partners.
Network Associates also said it is working on a version of McAfee SecurityShield for Microsoft ISA Server.
SecurityShield, scheduled for release in the second quarter, will add anti-virus protection, virus outbreak management, content scanning and an option antispam filtering to ISA Server.
Paul Roberts writes for IDG News Service