A primer on electronic document security
How document control and digital signatures protect electronic documents
As organizations move more business processes online, protecting the confidentiality
and privacy of information used during these processes, as well as providing authenticity
and integrity, are essential. Because many automated processes rely on electronic
documents that contain sensitive information, organizations must properly protect
these documents. Many information security solutions attempt to protect electronic
documents only at their storage location or during transmission. However, these
solutions do not provide protection for the entire lifecycle of an electronic document.
When the document reaches the recipient, the protection is lost, and the document can
be intentionally or unintentionally forwarded to and viewed by unauthorized recipients.
A significantly more effective solution is to protect a document by assigning security
parameters that travel with it. Six criteria must be met in order to provide more effective
protection for an electronic document throughout its lifecycle:
The two major security techniques used to establish these six document security
criteria are document control and digital signatures.
The Adobe suite of security solutions delivers document control and digital signature
services that simplify the process of protecting sensitive electronic documents and
forms. Organizations can easily integrate Adobe document security solutions into
current business processes and enterprise infrastructure to support a wide range
of simple and complex processes. Adobe solutions dynamically protect electronic
documents inside and outside the network, online and offline to provide persistent,
end-to-end protection throughout an electronic document’s lifecycle.
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