SOURCE: Liquid Machines

April 22, 2009 08:30 ET

Liquid Machines Extends Secure Collaboration Between External Users With Unique Support for Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services

Powerful New Capability Built for Microsoft Active Directory Rights Management Services Enables Secure Information Sharing Across Hundreds of File Formats and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Using Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2009) - RSA Conference, Booth #1152 -- At the 2009 RSA Conference, Liquid Machines, Inc. unveiled support for Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS). When used with Microsoft Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) and Liquid Machines Document Control client software, AD FS users can securely share intellectual property or regulated information across more than 400 file formats with external partners, suppliers and customers. Protected files can be securely exchanged between trusted third-parties using file transfer protocol (FTP), email, portable storage devices or, with the recently announced version of the Liquid Machines Gateway for SharePoint, shared externally leveraging the web-based, collaborative features of Microsoft SharePoint and the persistent information protection of Liquid Machines and Microsoft AD RMS.

Corporate users that need to securely collaborate with trusted third-parties outside of their enterprises look for ways to simplify the protection and management of electronic information. For those trusted relationships (e.g. partner, customer, supplier) in which regular electronic information sharing occurs, identity federation software such as AD FS provides a solution. Identity federation enables users of one network domain to securely access applications or information from another domain seamlessly, without redundant authentication or user administration. With AD FS and AD RMS, these users can share rights-protected content; for example, a corporate user can establish a federated relationship with their customers whom only are required to deploy AD FS. Once configured, the two organizations can easily share rights-protected content without managing redundant identities and passwords, or requiring costly infrastructure.

"The robustness of the Liquid Machines solution enables our customers to leverage significant advancements to the Microsoft platform such as AD FS at no additional costs, making it easy for organizations to securely collaborate with trusted partners, suppliers and customers," said Ed Gaudet, senior vice president of corporate development and marketing at Liquid Machines. "Extending the ability to share rights-protected content in hundreds of file formats and using SharePoint provides our mutual customers with the freedom of choice and removes previous technical limitations which required redundant costs and administration."

"One of the main issues with sharing rights-protected content outside of your organization deals with authentication and identity management," stated Gartner analyst Eric Ouellet, Research VP. "Integrated federated identity and rights management systems simplify the provisioning of users into policy, enabling external trusted third parties to securely share and persistently protect information such as supplier contracts, customer data, and health care records with mandatory access controls."

Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) is a component in Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2008, which enables Web single-sign-on (SSO) technologies to authenticate a user to multiple Web applications over the life of a single online session. AD FS accomplishes this by securely sharing digital identity and entitlement rights, or "claims," across security and enterprise boundaries. When deploying AD FS and AD RMS together, users can share rights-protected content with trusted third-parties across security and enterprise boundaries.

The Liquid Machines Document Control client extends rights protection to over 400 different file types including text, graphic, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, CAD, database and email. Examples of supported file types include those from the following applications: Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office, 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.

The Liquid Machines Gateway for SharePoint is tightly integrated with Microsoft AD RMS and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to persistently protect files opened or downloaded from SharePoint. The Liquid Machines Gateway for SharePoint supports existing business processes and workflows by extending persistent information protection to a broader range of document and file types, and enables advanced rights-managed workflows.

Pricing and Availability

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. 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.

© 2009 Liquid Machines, Inc. All rights reserved. Liquid Machines Product or company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. The information contained in this document represents the current view of Liquid Machines, Inc. on the issues discussed as of the date of publication.

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