Microsoft's new Information Rights Management (IRM) technology can give organizations unprecedented control over the information they generate. Using IRM, Word and Office users can not only restrict who can read documents, but prevent documents (or even excerpts from documents) from being printed, forwarded, or copied (see Figure 1.5).
The limits remain in place no matter where the document is sent?dramatically reducing the risk of sensitive information falling into unauthorized hands. What's more, document creators can establish a document expiration date. After that date, the document becomes inaccessible to anyone.
For more information about Information Rights Management and Permissions, see Chapter 33, "Word Document Privacy and Security Options," p. 1087.