Locklizard: End-to-End Document Security Assured

Locklizard: End-to-End Document Security Assured

Greg Mathews, CEO, LocklizardGreg Mathews, CEO
Locklizard was formed in 2004, drawing strengths from its founders’ significant prior expertise in pure encryption technology and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). The company drew on these strengths to create a cloud based Digital Rights Management (DRM) system protecting PDF documents which removes the need to use ID/Password based access control. Locklizard also introduced fundamental ideas such as electronic subscription controls and obeying start and stop membership controls. Locklizard offers government departments and agencies the ability to control access to and distribution of information which they hold at different levels of confidentiality, and which they must distribute to many different people both inside and outside their departments. “We deliver a comprehensive and granular approach to continuing access management and control of PDF documents, preventing their misuse and unauthorized distribution,” says Greg Mathews, CEO, Locklizard Limited.

Locklizard methods follow the guidance of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for encryption appropriate for cost effective security to secure government documents. Encryption technology is used to protect documents at rest and information in transit. There are no passwords for administrators to manage or for users to remember thus outdating the traditional approaches for protecting information. Locklizard systems take users beyond domain level security such as that used by Microsoft RMS enabling government departments to securely exchange documents in different environments without demanding that you implement a specific infrastructure.

The company’s fully featured Enterprise Rights Management solution, Safeguard Enterprise, enables document owners to control their documents; preventing unauthorized use, sharing and screen grabbing, restricting how long documents can be used, the number of times they can be viewed or printed, restricting use to countries and IP addresses, enforcing the displaying of dynamic watermarks (information pertaining to who is using a document and when), logging use, and so on.

We deliver a comprehensive and granular approach to continuing access management and control of PDF documents, preventing their misuse and unauthorized distribution

This comprehensive rights management solution gives clients immense flexibility in managing and controlling document use no matter where their documents reside.

Documents are protected on client’s computers and can be distributed just like any other file. The licensing system can be hosted with Locklizard or on a client’s own server.

Locklizard provides its own free PDF Viewers which provide a stable PDF rendering platform to insulate users from security issues that PDF applications frequently introduce when adding new features or fixing bugs. There are also two zero installation Viewers (users can access documents without installing anything on their device)—a Web Viewer for viewing protected PDF documents online, and a USB Viewer for offline use.

Locklizard has helped thousands of global clients and government agencies protect their IPR. One such client was in need of securely distributing their training materials globally for course instructors and allowing them to securely distribute course materials to course members. “They used our publication feature to bundle together all the materials for a specific course, right from the user start and stop dates so that materials became available at the scheduled time before a course and stop a period after the course has ended,” explains Mathews. Ensuing this, the client witnessed a massive reduction in printing and distribution costs (including re-fulfilling ‘lost’ copies) for distant courses, and both instructors and users had updated course material instantly available.

Locklizard continues to be a pioneer in the document DRM market. The firm’s recent releases include a new administration system with email delivery tracking, enhanced reporting, and sub-administrators. “Going forward, we continue to incorporate customer requests when possible to continuously grow and improve our products,” concludes Mathews.