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Microsoft details new rights management technology

Microsoft Corp. said today that it is developing add-on security technology for its forthcoming Windows Server 2003 operating system software that will allow organizations to implement rights-management protections on corporate documents such as e-mail messages and data files. The Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) will be able to enforce protection policies by controlling which users can access specific content and what access rights they are granted. Companies will, for example, be able to restrict content copying, forwarding and printing in applications such as portal, e-mail and word-processing software. “What this really is about is having customers trust their platform more when they’re using it to manage sensitive internal business information such as financial reports and business plans inside the organization,” said Mike Nash, vice president of Microsoft’s Security Business Unit. Full Story

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