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December 01, 2008

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Maven

Good summary. But I would place more stress on protecting the data itself. Otherwise, one is reduced to trying to protect machines and devices or rely on contracts or service level agreements that lack enforcement mechanisms - quite a task. And while a focus on the data is particularly useful for protecting mobile employees (as you discuss), it's more broadly applicable to any situation where the owner of information doesn't want to lose control of it, whether it's traveling behind a firewall between members of a workgroup or being distributed to contractors, service providers or other third parties. But for data protection to work really well, it has to move beyond conventional enterprise rights management, to provide continuous protection of files through encryption and anti-propagation technology, and be capable of working with any of a user's applications. There is a startup - Fortressware (www.fortressw.com) - that provides this combined technology.

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