Intralinks Acquires Information Security and DRM Leader docTrackr
Intralinks has acquired docTrackr, a leader in document security solutions. docTrackr’s DRM technology will be integrated into the Intralinks' platform.
24 April 2014
As you may have read in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere, Intralinks has acquired docTrackr, a leader in document security solutions. docTrackr’s innovative security and digital rights management (DRM) technology will be integrated into the Intralinks' platform. In addition, Intralinks announced a new service that gives organizations exclusive control over their data encryption keys, further strengthening security and data privacy by ensuring that only the key holders can access files in a readable format.
docTrackr’s DRM technology addresses enterprise concerns by giving users lifetime control of their data, even after it has been shared. Their innovative technologies protect and track PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, no matter where those documents are stored, shared or used. Uniquely, docTrackr combines rich document analytics, audit trails of all document activities, dynamic policy management (so that document rights can be updated, even for downloaded files) and a plug-in free deployment to ease user adoption and reduce operational support requirements. Intralinks’ platform supported DRM in the past, but docTrackr is a significant technology jump: docTrackr technology is so easy to use DRM can be used by default for every shared document.
While DRM is critical to protecting content that has been shared beyond the enterprise boundary, customer-managed encryption keys (CMKs) allow enterprises to maintain full control of their hosted content without disrupting information sharing with customers. CMKs help address ‘The Snowden Question’ – preserving data privacy by making sure only the key holders can access unencrypted files. Fundamentally, we believe that data owners should ultimately control who accesses their data or metadata, and CMKs help make this possible.
Together, these announcements address head-on enterprise concerns about data security and information privacy. In research we conducted with Harris Interactive, we asked 300 senior decision makers for their opinions about file sharing applications like Box and Dropbox: Only 38% would trust these apps with work files shared outside the company firewall. The acquisition of docTrackr and the introduction of CMKs reflects Intralinks’ commitment to supporting the most demanding use-cases with the industry’s strongest security and data privacy.
We’ll have more details on the acquisition and the roll-out of the new DRM and CMK services in future posts.
Ian Bruce is the VP of Corporate Communications at Intralinks. He has 20 years of international marketing experience across software, hardware, consulting, and financial services at both VC-backed start-ups and large multinationals. Prior to joining Intralinks, Ian held various marketing and communications roles at Avid Technology, HP, Novell, Systinet, and CSC.