Seclore – DRM 2.0 revisited

In October 2016 Quocirca reported on a new breed of digital rights management (DRM) tools which have emerged in recent years. These tools have security built in to their core and are designed to support the growing used of cloud stores and mobile computing (DRM 2.0). The post looked in detail at three vendors; Vera, FinalCode and Fasoo. Some others were mentioned in passing, including Seclore, a California-based vendor, with origins in India and some major European customers.

Perhaps the most striking thing about Seclore is its claimed DRM market share for its Rights Management product which it says is second only to Microsoft (the latter embeds DRM in certain of its other offerings). Seclore says its own directly managed customer base of 470 enterprise customers accounts for 4.5 million end users. However, via OEM partners it claims another ten thousand customers with 8-9 million users.

In many case partners are using Seclore Rights Management to extend the scope of existing content management or productivity products to ensure protection continues beyond the scope of the base product. For example, “Citrix ShareFile enables security to “follow the file” through integrating Seclore”; this was required to extend DRM to cloud and mobile use. Seclore has been integrated with IBM’s FileNet content management for the same reasons.

It is not just content management systems. Data loss prevention (DLP) systems were originally designed to deal with content moving around within an organisation’s network and police what left it. This has become too limited an approach with the growing use of cloud stores and Seclore claims both Symantec and McAfee’s DLPs are being extended to enable the external use of DLP using its product.

As well as being designed to address the need for external sharing, Seclore ensures it remains independent of device types and document formats to support as wide a range of use cases as possible.

Another intriguing initiative is that, wherever possible it aims to inherit rights and policies from the original systems, for example SAP and Microsoft SharePoint, rather than having to re-write them. However, policy can be modified and Seclore Right Management also enables policy to change as documents progress through a work flow, for example as financial results move from confidential to public domain. These capabilities are key to making Seclore’s OEM partnerships work.

If, like many, your organisation has reached the point where the management of rights needs to be extended to cloud stores and mobile users, then Seclore should be added to the list of products for consideration. Better still, it may be possible to simply upgrade some of your existing technology if there is an existing Seclore integration that allows you to do so.