SOURCE: Liquid Machines, Inc.

June 06, 2005 10:13 ET

Liquid Machines Delivers Interoperable Enterprise Rights Management Solution With Expanded Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) Support

New Solution Offers Customers Choice of Policy Server With Consistent, Intuitive User Interface; Provides Automatic Protection for E-mail Messages Based on Enterprise-Defined Business Rules

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 6, 2005 -- Gartner IT Security Summit -- Liquid Machines®, Inc., the leading provider of Enterprise Rights Management (ERM) solutions, today released the Liquid Machines Enterprise Rights Management solution for Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) for Windows Server 2003 -- delivering the first Enterprise Rights Management solution to support multiple policy servers and enforce Windows RMS policies across disparate desktop and business productivity applications.

Liquid Machines support for RMS provides customers an extensible ERM platform that leverages their existing Microsoft infrastructure and investments to consistently enforce enterprise-defined RMS policies on information as it travels across applications and throughout the enterprise. Liquid Machines Document Control™ extends RMS policy enforcement across more than 65 applications and file formats including Microsoft Office, Adobe® Acrobat and Reader, Microsoft Visio and Sharepoint. Liquid Machines Email Control™ enhances RMS with server-side policy enforcement capabilities that automatically apply protection based on corporate guidelines. Protection is enforced persistently throughout the e-mail lifecycle no matter where the message goes, internally or externally.

"Microsoft and Liquid Machines share an unwavering commitment to enabling broad adoption of Enterprise Rights Management, which has resulted in a number of valuable benefits for Microsoft customers," said Ed Gaudet, vice president of product management and marketing at Liquid Machines. "With the addition of Liquid Machines for RMS, we have again raised the standard for Enterprise Rights Management, introducing a new level of power, productivity, and information control to RMS deployments."

"Customers in every market have told us that regulations and competitive pressures are forcing them to tighten control of the information they run their businesses on. RMS offers a platform approach that can be tailored to address industry-specific information control requirements, which are easily extended by third-party solution providers," said John Chirapurath, director in the Security Business and Technology Unit at Microsoft Corp. "We are happy that Liquid Machines has delivered solutions to the market that extend the RMS platform to offer a consistent user experience and protection across various productivity applications, and server-side e-mail policy management to help them meet their corporate governance and compliance objectives."

"We believe that Enterprise Rights Management needs to be a platform-level set of services, not unlike security services or enterprise directory services," said Geoffrey Bock, senior vice president and senior consultant at Patricia Seybold Group. "Microsoft's Windows RMS is emerging as a dominant platform within the ERM space. Liquid Machines' strategy to complement its standalone offering with Microsoft's and add capabilities to the RMS platform is a prudent one. In the short term, we believe that Liquid Machines has a competitive edge and offers a number of attractive features in terms of ease of use and functionality."

Liquid Machines Document Control extends Windows RMS policies to help enforce complete access and usage controls of content including, open, read, write, save, save as, print, print screen -- as the content moves between different applications. User actions, such as distilling a rights-protected document to Adobe Acrobat, maintain the RMS policy. Liquid Machines enforces RMS protection on the derived Adobe Acrobat file while allowing reviewers to utilize Adobe's annotation and commenting features -- ensuring the original content remains unchanged.

Liquid Machines Email Control enhances Windows RMS to allow enterprise administrators to define email usage and delivery rules based on user groups and roles, and message content at the server level. Enterprise-defined policies are automatically applied at the e-mail gateway and are persistently enforced through the e-mail lifecycle. Attachments carry the protections even when saved independently of a message. Liquid Machines Email Control enhanced integration and enforcement capabilities enable integration with archiving solutions and enterprises to systematically decrypt and re-encrypt messages at the e-mail gateway to support content scanning, spam filters and anti-virus tools.


Liquid Machines Document Control 5.0 and Liquid Machines Email Control 6.5 are available immediately.

About Liquid Machines

Liquid Machines is the leading provider of Enterprise Rights Management (ERM) solutions that persistently protect critical business content and audit usage while enabling collaboration. Liquid Machines' Document Control and Email Control solutions allow companies in the consulting, financial services, government, manufacturing, and healthcare industries to share information securely, within any application, wherever it goes, throughout its lifecycle. Liquid Machines ERM solutions help enterprises satisfy today's ever-increasing information security regulations such as Sarbanes Oxley, NASD 2711, HIPAA and others, as well as implement and practice internal mandates for intellectual property security, product version control, or clinical data protection.

Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, Liquid Machines is privately held and is backed by Atlas Venture, Masthead Venture Partners, and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. For more information on the company and our vision The Freedom of Security™, visit us at

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