Stephen Mathews, DRM Consultant
When it comes to intellectual property rights of a company; patents, trade secrets and copyrights come to mind. Despite a lot of effort by organizations to keep their documents secure, vulnerabilities will always exist so IPR protection is essential for theft prevention and safeguarding confidential information.
The search for a next-level solution that offers fortified document protection ends with Locklizard, a company that is making giant strides with their impressive document protection solutions for digital documents. And that’s precisely the reason why the British Broadcasting Corporation, a major player in the broadcasting world, chose Locklizard to secure their trade secrets. The BBC holds a gamut of documents containing ideas to design each episode or the storylines they have to run on a daily basis. It goes without saying that to run the best show is quite a difficult job, especially when competitors are always trying to take over and steal insider information. After a thorough market evaluation, they settled on Locklizard because of their outstanding document protection (which includes encryption and digital rights management (DRM)) to control copying and use of their PDF files.
As an innovator in document DRM technology, Locklizard’s journey began in 2004 with the aim of providing document security and copy protection for PDF files and documents, ebooks, reports and training materials - protecting intellectual property from unauthorized use and misuse.
Stephen Mathews of Locklizard, says, “We are the premier provider of document security products that control document access and use, regardless of their location.”
Locklizard’s powerful portfolio of document DRM products was again first choice for HOCK International—a company selling exam preparation materials for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exams.
We are the premier provider of document security products that control document access and use, regardless of their location
HOCK was on the lookout for a cost-effective, simple to use, and reliable document protection system that would ensure a high level of protection for their exam materials. Locklizard’s Safeguard PDF Security product fitted the bill, ensuring that unprotected digital copies could not be being circulated around the Internet.
A large part of what makes Locklizard’s document protection stand out from other solutions is they don’t:
• use insecure password technology (like standard Adobe Acrobat protection)
• force document publishers to upload unprotected documents to the cloud
• use plug ins to Adobe Acrobat
This is because all of the above have major security weaknesses that could put the protection of documents at risk and therefore compromise the very thing you are trying to protect.
Instead, Locklizard provides a Secure PDF Viewer that can be installed on any device running Windows, Mac, iOS or Android. If users don’t want to install a Viewer, they can view protected documents from a Web browser with Safeguard Web Viewer or on a USB stick with a portable secure USB Viewer.
Locklizard’s technology is also widely used by universities where documents require restriction by each semester or academic year – this is controlled by automatic document expiry. Documents can also be instantly revoked at any time. Both viewing and printing can be logged so that a record is kept of who used what documents, from where and when.
For document owners wanting to control location access to their files, Locklizard comes with geographic-control. This is especially useful for controlling BYOD use where organizations do not want users to be able to open confidential or sensitive documents outside of the office, or where they need to tightly restrict third party use.
As the leading advocate of DRM controls, the intention for Locklizard remains clear—tightly controlling how documents are accessed and used whilst making document security simple to use. In this sense they have done just what they set out to achieve and it is easy to see why they remain the number one player for PDF protection.