Foxit brings enhanced PDF security to enterprise

Tool designed for shops using Microsoft IRM

This week, Foxit introduced the latest product in its Foxit PDF Security Suite, the Foxit RMS PDF Protection Tool. The tool was designed for IT pros working in a Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) information rights management shop.

While IRM has never really caught on in a big way, some companies use it to protect documents inside or outside the enterprise. The IRM is a security container and lets an IT pro apply rules to the document, such as an expiration date.

This tool is designed for highly technical IT and development staff, and uses a command line interface so that trained users can enter scripts to apply document rules to batches of PDFs. Foxit argues that PDFs are the dominant digital file sharing tool in enterprises and this tool gives IT pros and developers the means to apply rights across a set of documents, such as who is authorized to open it.

Foxit's VP of marketing, Frank Kettenstock, sees applying these rules as a way to protect documents as they travel in the cloud to mobile devices. "With organizations sharing more and more sensitive information through the cloud, protecting this information to ensure only the correct people access it is critical," he said.

The product works in a similar fashion to Microsoft's tool for protecting documents called the Microsoft AD RMS Bulk Protection Tool, and Kettenstock sees this as an advantage because it reduces overall training costs. "Now organizations that utilize Microsoft AD RMS can easily extend their current solution to secure PDF files in the same way as Microsoft Office files. This protects IT investments in software and training, and is transparent to end users," he said.

This solution could appeal to companies with large numbers of PDFs looking for a scripting solution that allows them to apply security rules across documents very quickly and efficiently.

For more information, including a list of features:
- see the Foxit press release

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