Posted by: kurtsh | February 25, 2012

WHITEPAPER: “Information Rights Management in Office for Mac 2011 Deployment Guide”

Alright – so I’m late… really late… on this one.  It turns out that Office 2011 for Macintosh has full support for Rights Management Services in Windows Server 2008 R2.  The same technology that Enterprises have enjoyed for years on the Windows platform.

imageFor those of you who don’t know what “Rights Management Services” is, think of a solution that:

  • Encrypts email messages, .DOC/.XLS/.PPT files, web pages using AES-256 bit
  • Allows “usage policies” to adhere to the encrypted mail/doc/page such as:
      • Disallow ‘forwarding’
      • Disallow ‘printing’
      • Disallow ‘copy & pasting’
      • Disallow ‘screen capture’
      • Disallow reading after a specified date (a.k.a. timebombing content)
      • Logging of access of content (centrally auditing who reads the content)
  • Enables indexing of encrypted content on SharePoint sites
  • Provides robust enterprise level key management (i.e. allows you to recover content via super users)
  • Extended access outside of the corporate firewall via Internet web services
  • etc.

Yeah.  Pretty cool ‘eh?  Well now Macintoshes can read the same content if they are participants in Right Management policies.

Here’s the guide for deploying RMS on Macs:

The Rights Management Service blog (or at least the main support engineer’s blog) has a blurb on this:


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