Locking down digital documents

Thursday, 1 May 2003, 1:30 AM EST

Companies struggling to control information in a collaborative environment may have a friend in CYA Technologies Inc.'s new CYA Secure Collaboration Platform. The software controls who gets to see content, if they can manipulate it, and logs any accesses or edits.

"Today, once the enterprise puts information in the hands of an end user, the enterprise is at the mercy of the end user, [who] has the ability once information is on the desktop to copy, paste, forward and print," says Elaine Price, president and CEO of CYA in Trumbull, Conn. Where information needs to be, she notes, is at a level where its creator stays in control. In other words, only accessible to people who should have access.

No doubt about it—information getting into the wrong hands is a problem for companies. According to the American Society for Industrial Security, from June 2000 to June 2001, information theft cost U.S. companies $59 billion. Any software that controls access could help companies take a chunk out of those losses.

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