BEST WAYS TO
BEST WAYS TO
PDFs beat almost every other kind of
document when it comes
But which methods are available, and which
should you integrate into your workflow?
Turn on TRUST MANAGER in your PDF
reader to guard against malware from
malicious PDF documents.
of annualized costs from
cybercrime were related
to malicious code(1)
of visible text and
images. If you’ve ever
read a government
report, you’ve probably
seen redaction in
SUBJECT TO REDACTION:
exposed in 2013(2)
Two main types of
and DIGITAL , can help
secure your PDFs.
via password only
by digital certificates
passwords is by far the
though it is generally
less secure than digital
More than 1
per day SUSTAIN
Verifies the authenticity of the
signee and the integrity of the
Enables CONTROL OF APPROVED
DOCUMENTS , ensuring that certain changes
will not be possible for the document to
remain certified. For instance, if your marketing
manager has signed off on the next quarter’s
plan, you wouldn’t want someone changing a
budget item, so document certification
controls what types of changes can be made.
Global losses in
2013 due to
costs the global
per year (6)
Two main types of rights management, information rights management
and digital rights management, can help keep your documents secure.
INFORMATION RIGHTS MANAGEMENT (IRM):
Typically within a company, this includes giving
individuals specific rights, which can differ
depending on the person.
DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT (DRM):
Protects information after sale, most often
consumer-facing, the biggest contemporary
example of DRM in practice are paywalls.
This allows you to remove sensitive information from
your document before publishing.
COMMON ITEMS REMOVED
Hidden data from
Americans who have had
stolen by hackers(6)
WATERMARKS, HEADERS, FOOTERS
Watermarks, headers and footers
all indicate the LEVEL OF
CONFIDENTIALITY a document
should have. However, this
method depends on people
enforcing the security, as there’s
no mechanism inside the
document to prevent those who
shouldn’t see it from being able
to view it.
1 in 14
1 in 14
is later confirmed as malware.(7)