Microsoft RMS support, also know as Information Rights Management (IRM), has been supported in SharePoint since the SharePoint V3 release. This functionality allows you to limit the actions that users can take on documents or files that have been downloaded from SharePoint lists or libraries. RMS encrypts the downloaded files and limits the set of users that are allowed to decrypt these files. RMS can also limit the rights of the users who are allowed to read files so that they cannot do additional things such as print copies of the files or copy text from them. When people download files in an IRM-enabled list or library, the files are encrypted so that only authorized people can view them. This functionality works great if you are opening a SharePoint file on your desktop, but what happens if you want to access these SharePoint files on your mobile device? TITUS has introduced an iOS app that allow you to extend SharePoint IRM to iPhone and iPad devices.
A growing number of Mobile Device Management (MDM) vendors now offer secure document containers and direct access to SharePoint to allow users to view SharePoint documents on mobile devices. MobileIron offers their Docs@Work app and AirWatch has their Secure Content Locker. The problem with these apps, as well as the iOS and Android operating systems, is that they are not RMS aware. (more…)