Digital-rights-management company Authentica Inc. next month plans to release software that makes it easier for users to restrict Microsoft Office files. The release comes as more government regulations are causing the market for such software to balloon.
Authentica's Secure Office 2 will let companies add restrictions on how Office documents can be circulated and printed to files directly via a simple user interface, without the extra steps required in the first version of the product. Secure Office also will protect files shared on a network or E-mailed among users.
It's easier to work with secured files as needed, Xilinx's Burr says.
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Sales of digital-rights-management software are growing fast, in part because of new requirements on how companies share information in laws such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, and Sarbanes-Oxley acts. The market for such software is expected to increase to $274 million by 2008, from $36 million last year, according to Jupiter Research.
Authentica isn't the only company offering corporate digital-rights-management software. Microsoft's Windows Rights Management Services works with Office 2003 to restrict some access rights. Smaller companies such as Liquid Machines Inc. and SealedMedia Inc. have introduced rights-management software. And Adobe Systems Inc. is adding enhanced rights-management capabilities to its software.