Stellent, Inc., a global provider of content management solutions, announced it has staked a leadership claim in the content security market by acquiring SealedMedia Limited, a leader in easy-to-use, enterprise digital rights management solutions, and Bitform, a provider of content cleansing technologies. These technologies will enable Stellent customers to better secure and control sensitive content both inside and outside of the enterprise.

SealedMedia is a London-based company with a broad list of Global 1000 customers, including Vodafone, Fenwick & West, the U.S. Department of Energy, Rhodia, Johnson Matthey, O2, Harvard Business School Publishing and Citrix. Founded in 1996, SealedMedia helps organizations maintain complete control, for the lifetime of a document, over who can use their most sensitive information and when they can use it. Its enterprise digital rights management software protects information wherever it is stored and used. Unlike conventional information management products that only manage information while it resides in servers, SealedMedia extends security, control and tracking to information on remote end-user desktops, laptops and mobile wireless devices.

Bitform is an early-stage software development company. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Chicago, Bitform's primary product addresses the rising challenge of hidden data within documents, which can create security and policy risks. This hidden information includes metadata, tracked changes and comments, revision and author history, fast-save data, and database connection details, among many other elements. The Bitform Secure SDK identifies and cleanses or strips files of sensitive, confidential or proprietary metadata and hidden information that may pose risks to organizations if exposed.

Stellent plans to integrate the SealedMedia and Bitform technologies within its enterprise software products in order to further differentiate its ECM offering.

Each day, millions of business documents are shared electronically via email, portals, Web publishing, partner extranets and instant messaging. These documents are somewhat secure when stored within server folders, email inboxes and other corporate repositories. However, they also are often used and stored on thousands of desktops, laptops and mobile wireless devices both inside and outside of the corporate firewall. From there, documents can be easily and untraceably opened, copied and forwarded anywhere.

SealedMedia's enterprise digital rights management solutions address this content security and compliance risk, giving customers control over when, where and how information is used and by whom - even after it has been delivered. SealedMedia uses encryption technology to place an access-controlled perimeter around the information itself (e.g., documents, emails, Web pages), ensuring content is protected according to policy, regardless of its location. With SealedMedia, only authorized users can open and/or modify secured content; access to the content is centrally audited and reported; access to information stored on remote desktops can be centrally revoked; and provisioned rights can be changed.

This technology easily integrates with existing business systems; operates within content's native applications; and supports the broadest range of document formats -- including Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes email, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe PDF and HTML, as well as image, music and video formats - and the deepest range of application versions.

Stellent will integrate SealedMedia's digital rights management functionality into the Stellent Universal Content Management product suite, ensuring content managed by the system remains secure even when it is distributed and shared outside of the enterprise. All access rights for this digital information will be managed, audited and reported on from a central system. For example, access to Stellent-managed content stored on remote desktops or mobile wireless devices will be able to be centrally revoked.

This functionality also will be integrated into Stellent Universal Records Management, the company's visionary new enterprise records and retention management product suite, to expand the company's leadership in this important, emerging area. The SealedMedia technology will allow records and retention rules to move with the content, wherever it goes. For example, if a retention policy deletes a document in the repository, information contained in that business document will no longer be accessible, even if the document has been stored locally or emailed to other individuals.

In addition, the Stellent Sarbanes-Oxley Solution will leverage SealedMedia technology, giving Stellent a clear differentiator and competitive advantage in the financial compliance market. The integration will enable the Sarbanes-Oxley Solution to more effectively enforce content security policies associated with regulatory compliance, ensuring sensitive information, such as financial data, transaction records and non-public corporate information, is not accidentally or deliberately disclosed to unauthorized parties.

Stellent also will continue to market SealedMedia's products on a standalone basis, including the core enterprise digital rights management technology as well as the packaged solutions SealedMedia Express for Board Communications and SealedMedia

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