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Liquid Machines

April 20, 2009 08:30 ET

Liquid Machines Extends Its Industry-Leading Support of BlackBerry Smartphones for Microsoft Active Directory Rights Management Services to More Than 400 File Formats

New Release of the Liquid Machines Gateway for the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution Persistently Protects Emails and Attachments Against Risk of Data Loss; Supports Latest BlackBerry Smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - RSA Conference, Booth #1152 - Liquid Machines, Inc., the leader in Enterprise Rights Management (ERM) solutions, today unveiled a major release of its Liquid Machines Gateway for the BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution from Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM) (TSX: RIM). The Liquid Machines Gateway adds advanced features that allow persistent protection of attachments saved in more than 400 different file formats. In this release, Liquid Machines has also added support for the latest BlackBerry® smartphones.

Mobile access to real-time communications and data can increase the risk of a loss of confidential enterprise information such as intellectual property and other trade secrets. To help solve this problem, the Liquid Machines Gateway extends Microsoft® AD RMS information protection to a BlackBerry smartphone in conjunction with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, enabling customers to persistently protect emails and attachments with encryption and usage controls that travel with the data. This persistent protection ensures that mobile communications, which may include executive and board communications, customer data, intellectual property and human resources information, can only be viewed by authorized users.

"By delivering Microsoft AD RMS support to the BlackBerry platform, Liquid Machines extends our market-leading solution to cover the most popular and widely used file formats available," said Ed Gaudet, senior vice president of corporate development and marketing. "Our mutual customers now can enjoy the productivity of a BlackBerry smartphone with the additional protection of AD RMS to provide the freedom to securely send and receive persistently protected emails and attachments created in over 400 formats."

Unlike some mobile data protection tools that only secure the data at rest on the device or during transmission, Liquid Machines persistently protects emails and attachments at the user-level by restricting unauthorized actions such as view, forward, reply, select/paste, and can automatically expire content based on corporate usage and retention policies.

According to Gartner Analyst John Girard in the report "Pay for Mobile Data Encryption Upfront, or Pay More Later": "The cost to mitigate a single compromised data record is comparable to or greater than the seat cost of a mobile data protection (encryption) tool, and mitigation costs likely will increase as fines and public sensitivity increase, and as more countries consider disclosure laws... The bottom line is that a significant number of PCs and media devices carrying business data will not be properly encrypted and are fated to cause disasters for companies and the individuals who are affected. The odds suggest that this will happen to your organization, whether it is small, midsize or large… The existence of an analysis developed with your company's business processes as the focus makes the risks to mobile data impossible to deny, and will set the foundation for encryption across all systems, including all instances of removable media, PDAs, smartphones, desktops and servers."(1)

Liquid Machines enables users to protect new or previously unprotected messages with AD RMS policies directly from a BlackBerry smartphone. Major new and enhanced features in the Liquid Machines Gateway include:

--  Persistent Protection of Emails on BlackBerry Smartphones helps to
    prevent the loss of confidential information contained in email. Additional
    enforcement capabilities can help to block the leakage of sensitive data by
    preventing the user from using the cut/copy/paste function as well as
    preventing the user from forwarding emails to people outside of their
    corporate network.
--  Secure Attachment Handling enables BlackBerry users to email
    confidential documents and files with the added protection of AD RMS. The
    attachments are encrypted, persistently protecting them while at rest, in
    transit and in use on a BlackBerry smartphone. Authorized users can be
    prevented from forwarding data from attachments by disallowing the use of
    the clipboard (i.e. cut, copy, paste), SMS or PIN messaging or removable
    storage (i.e. microSD/SDHC).
--  More Than 400 Files Types are supported by the Liquid Machines
    Gateway. Using Microsoft Outlook, Liquid Machines enables users to send
    more than 400 different file types as attachments protected using AD RMS.
    These file types include text, graphic, word processing, spreadsheets,
    presentation, CAD, database and email. Examples of supported file types
    include those from the following applications: Adobe Reader, FrameMaker,
    Lotus AMI Pro, Corel WordPerfect, StarOffice, WordStar, MacWrite, Paint
    Shop, Corel Draw, Photoshop, Illustrator, Micrografx, OpenOffice, Visio,
    Lotus 123, Access, Paradox, Outlook, and Yahoo IM.
--  Support for New BlackBerry Smartphones running BlackBerry® OS v4.1
    and above. Liquid Machines adds support for the latest BlackBerry
    smartphones including the BlackBerry® Storm™, BlackBerry® Bold™,
    BlackBerry® Curve™ series, BlackBerry® Pearl™ series and
    BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip smartphones.
    

Availability and Pricing

The Liquid Machines Gateway for customers running the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution will be available in June 2009. For pricing and availability, please contact Liquid Machines at +1-781-693-3600 or +1-877-88LIQUID.

About Liquid Machines

Liquid Machines is the leading provider of enterprise rights management (ERM) solutions that prevent the misuse, modification, loss or theft of intellectual property and sensitive information. By applying access and usage controls to the data itself, electronic information is persistently protected while at rest, in transit and in use -- empowering employees to securely collaborate and work with native file formats and applications. A Gold Certified Partner in the Microsoft Partner Program, Liquid Machines enables global companies in the financial services, government, manufacturing, retail and healthcare industries to protect intellectual property regardless of where it goes, generating detailed access and usage reports that demonstrate compliance with privacy and industry regulations. Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, Liquid Machines is privately held and is backed by Atlas Venture, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Goldman Sachs & Co, Masthead Venture Partners and RRE Ventures. For more information on the company and its vision for The Freedom of Security™, please visit www.liquidmachines.com.

1) Gartner. Inc. "Pay for Mobile Data Encryption Upfront, or Pay More Later" by John Girard, November 5, 2008

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