There are probably a lot of clients of the SaaS document management company NetDocuments (news, site) that will be glad that the company has decided to team-up with security giant RSA by entering the RSA Secured Partner Programme.
The long-running program established by RSA is a technology alliance that brings together over 300 companies with over 1000 complimentary solutions.
So what’s the big deal with NetDocuments, you ask? Well this partnership will add an extra layer of security to the already substantial security checks in place to protect documents that are being held by NetDocuments.
The company says that its clients now include some of the US’s biggest law and financial institutions, as well as hundreds of smaller firms, and all of them expect their documents to be kept secure.
NetDocuments has done just that with a list of security measures that would keep even the most determined out. Those features include document-based access control lists, ethical walls, smart auto ACL defaulting, Microsoft Active Directory single sign-on, certificate-based authentication and a patented binding of access privileges into each document.
And now, if that wasn’t enough, they’ve signed up with RSA so that mutual clients will have the added security of the RSA SecurID system.
And very secure it is. The problem, RSA says, is that security built on static, reusable passwords has proven easy for hackers to beat -- and anyone who even half-listens to the TV will know that.
So what RSA has done is implement a two-factor authentication system based on a password or PIN number on the first level and on the second level a security token similar to an ATM card that must be used if access is to be granted.
In addition to this SecurID, your password changes every 60 seconds. So you’d really have to be quick if you wanted to hack it.
What the new arrangement between the two companies means is that clients who already have RSA SecurID will be able to transfer those security benefits across to NetDocuments.
Why RSA Now?
As to why NetDocuments has made this move may have a lot to do with the growing list of blue-chip clients has managed to pick up in recent years.
In August, for example, it announced that it was developing integration with Google Wave, which will make the collaborative reach of the service much greater than it currently is.
As early as 2002 it made SaaS available for law firms, and you can only imagine the suits and counter-suits if someone managed to hack their way into their documents.
And in August 2006 NetDocuments also announced that it had become fully integrated with Salesforce.com.
The bottom line here is that if by chance NetDocuments got hacked, there would be a lot of very angry, important and litigious companies baying for blood. Better safe than sorry.