One of the biggest security concerns facing IT administrators these days is information leakage. Organizations need to ensure that confidential and sensitive corporate data doesn’t end up in unauthorized hands. Many companies are also under compliance mandates to protect company information as well as personal customer data like social security numbers and credit card numbers.
The prevailing method of restricting access to data is simple file and folder permissions. Those permissions don’t provide any assurance of the continued protection of the data once an authorized user downloads or accesses it though. Don’t panic though.
No need to rush out and buy new appliances or third-party tools. Microsoft has the functionality built in to Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 to enable you to control access to data on a much more granular level and even to revoke or expire access after an authorized user has already downloaded the data. Read Microsoft Windows RMS enables granular access control over sensitive data for more about the data protection offered by Microsoft.