A-Z Glossary of Information Security and Social Engineering Terms

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

In the context of organisational data protection, DRM, which is sometimes referred to as Enterprise Digital Rights Management (EDRM), helps to protect data that has been properly classified and resident in known file locations. Typically, EDRM solutions are identity-centric, which means that the access rights are tightly tied to the identity of the user. So, for example, a PDF file containing details of a new product launch which is emailed externally to a third-party will be unreadable. However, an EDRM solution is by no means infallible as it cannot prevent employee workarounds, such as photographing documents with a smartphone.

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