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Acrobat and Reader 9.1 Now Available with Information Assurance Updates

Version 9.1 of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader are now available with critical security updates and other product improvements. Adobe strongly recommends all users update using the built-in software update system or manual download from adobe.com. Here are some additional details on this release:

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RSA 2009 Conference Session on Cloud Computing Security

If you are attending the 2009 RSA Conference in San Francisco this April, be sure to check out this panel discussion on cloud computing security

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Acrobat 9 and password encryption

Based on some recent online discussion of Acrobat 9 and password encryption, we’re posting to provide a quick summary on what has changed, how it impacts the overall security of PDF documents, and Adobe’s commitment to providing high-assurance document security implementations.

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Update: FIPS 140 Validation Certificates for Acrobat, Reader, and LiveCycle

Version 9.0 of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader include the RSA BSAFE Crypto-C ME 2.1.0.3 encryption module with FIPS 140-2 validation certificate #828. Instructions here will also enable FIPS mode in Acrobat and Reader 9.0 to restrict document encryption and digital signatures to FIPS approved algorithms (AES/RSA/SHA) in this library.

Adobe LiveCycle ES still includes the RSA BSAFE Crypto-J 3.5.04 encryption module with FIPS 140-2 validation certificate #590. FIPS mode is configured in the product installer.

Communicating the value of Adobe’s Information-Centric Security Solutions

We are excited to announce a new set of assets aimed at helping our customer community and ecosystem partners better understand the benefits and value that can be derived from Adobe’s Information-Centric security solutions. If you haven’t heard the term “Information-Centric” before, it’s not new, but it well represents the way Adobe technologies protect the confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity of information — natively within the information itself.

For LiveCycle Rights Management ES and LiveCycle Digital Signatures ES, please feel free to download and view a host of new collateral including:

New datasheets that provide a overview of the value proposition and specific areas where our solutions solve real customer problems:

LiveCycle RIghts Management ES: http://www.adobe.com/products/livecycle/pdfs/livecycle_rights_management_es_datasheet_na.pdf

LIveCycle Digital Signatures ES: http://www.adobe.com/products/livecycle/pdfs/95011596_lc_digisig_ds_ue.pdf

There are also two new whitepapers, the first one for Rights Management is entitled: Delivering an Information Risk Management strategy across the heterogeneous enterprise: and is intended to describe the need to protect sensitive information consistently wherever it resides in the enterprise. This paper also outlines common use cases via customer anecdotes about how LiveCycle Rights Managment ES is protecting the most widely used file types inside (and outside) the organization. http://www.adobe.com/products/livecycle/pdfs/95011600_lc_rightsmgmt_wp_ue.pdf

The second whitepaper is entitled: Electronic Signatures: Solution Scenarios for your Environment: This piece is intended to articulate the different electronic signatures solutions offered by Adobe and help folks understand the pro/cons of each, so you’re best prepared to map right electronic signature solution to your assurance level requirements. http://www.adobe.com/products/livecycle/pdfs/95011606_Digital_Signature_wp_ue.pdf

Finally, there are also new updates to our website including updated customer success stories, in depth pages, features and benefits pages, and a detailed supported formats page for RIghts Management.

LiveCycle Rights Management ES: http://www.adobe.com/products/livecycle/rightsmanagement/
LiveCycle Digital Signatures ES: http://www.adobe.com/products/livecycle/digitalsignatures/
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Live Webcast: Information Assurance – Keeping Your Documents Secure

Join us for this LIVE Event on:
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET

The need to keep your organization’s business critical information confidential by restricting distribution and preventing unauthorized disclosure of this information is imperative. Discover how Adobe Acrobat 9 can help protect your organization’s sensitive information by helping provide document control and security, addressing issues such as encryption, document authenticity, passwords, redaction, and sanitization/metadata removal. Join John Landwehr as he covers best practices on Security and Information Assurance.

More information and registration is available here.

Come One, Come All…

…to the E-Signatures ’08 Conference, scheduled for November 12-13, 2008, at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, DC.   This conference, organized by the Electronic Signatures and Records Association, features compelling presentations from industry experts on the leading business, legal, and technology topics surrounding e-signatures, and prominently highlights several case studies.

Included in these case studies, Adobe customers will describe how electronic signature solutions involving products from Adobe and our Security Partner Community have improved their internal workflows and, in turn, saved them significant amounts of money, time, and resources.  You can expect to hear from:

In addition, conference attendees will learn about government and insurance industry views on e-signatures; legal, regulatory & standards updates; and finally how the new administration might affect the future of e-signature policy.  For an updated agenda, keep checking here.

Sign up this week!  Early bird registration ends Monday, October 6th.

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Scientific American Article on Improving Online Security

Adobe recently participated in an industry roundtable on Improving Online Security. The transcript has been published in the September 2008 issue of Scientific American, page 96 and on their website.

John Landwehr from Adobe and representatives from Hewlett Packard, Kaiser Permanente, McAfee, Microsoft, Panda Security, Sun, and Symantec discussed ways to protect against more numerous and sophisticated attacks by hackers and called for upgraded technology along with more attention to human and legal factors.

Now hiring: Digital Signatures Product Management

Adobe is looking for a Sr. Product Manager to join our security solutions team and work on digital signatures in Acrobat, Reader, and LiveCycle.

The job description and application process is posted on cooljobs.adobe.com.

Description:
Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information. For 25 years, the company’s award-winning software and technologies have redefined business, entertainment, and personal communications by setting new standards for producing and delivering content that engages people virtually anywhere at anytime. From rich images in print, video, and film to dynamic digital content for a variety of media, the impact of Adobe solutions is evident across industries and felt by anyone who creates, views, and interacts with information. With a reputation for excellence and a portfolio of many of the most respected and recognizable software brands, Adobe is one of the world’s largest and most diversified software companies.

Today, Adobe is better positioned than ever to push the boundaries of the digital universe. Under the leadership of President & CEO Shantanu Narayen, we’re driving even greater innovation with powerful, compelling software solutions that meet the needs of customers and markets ranging from designers and filmmakers, to enterprises and governments, to developers and home users.

Recognizing that employees are at the core of our success, Adobe recruits and retains highly qualified and motivated individuals, creates an environment where they can innovate and achieve their best, and rewards them for their performance by giving them an opportunity to share in the company’s success.

Position Overview
Adobe Information Assurance Solutions enable organizations to more securely engage with employees, external associates, and customers by protecting the information lifecycle. Security can be persistently applied to information independent of storage and transport, inside and outside an organization. Adobe’s ecosystem of security partners provides interoperability with many information security infrastructures including identity and access management, single-sign-on, public key infrastructures, smart cards, and biometrics.

This Sr. Product Manager position in the Security Solutions team of Adobe’s Business and Productivity BU will significantly contribute to growing Adobe’s market share in information assurance solutions by identifying and prioritizing feature requirements, providing product competitive analysis, understanding customer usage workflows and customer satisfaction, driving and evaluating technology trends, ease of use, standards and certifications.

Requirements
Requires at least 5 years of experience in enterprise software product management. BS in Computer Science or related technical discipline, and in-depth experience with identity management, electronic and digital signatures, encryption, J2EE authentication, public key infrastructure, smartcards, maintaining documents of record, and information lifecycle workflows.

This position also requires significant cross-group interaction, a strong customer and partner focus, excellent communication, presentation, and negotiation skills, attention to detail, solid technical abilities to collaborate with engineering and direct market experience. Candidates must be passionate about the technology to make Adobe solutions more secure and easy to use. Preference given to candidates with security certifications.

Adobe believes personal fulfillment and company success go hand in hand, sustaining one another. In fact, our dynamic, rewarding working environment is well known – including eight years on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” and other, similar accolades. By hiring the very best and brightest, Adobe continues to be a simply better place to work – creating a dynamic environment today and providing incentives for future achievement.

Protecting native Office documents

On June 17th Adobe announced an expansion of the LiveCycle Enterprise Suite with our forthcoming LiveCycle ES Update 1 release. Included as a part of this release is our second version of our LiveCycle Rights Management ES Extension for Microsoft Office. This release expands our support for to include the ability to protect, and collaborate in natively protected Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. Further, we support all editions of Office 2003 and Office 2007 localized natively into English, French, German, and Japanese.

Click on the following screenshot to watch a short Captivate demo of our native support for PowerPoint presentations:

The software are now available for download from http://www.adobe.com/go/getrmextensions for use with your LiveCycle Rights Management ES system.


Questions or feedback on this entry? Contact us at RMFeedback@adobe.com

Need more information on how your organization can effectively manage and protect your intellectual property? Further information can be obtained at http://www.adobe.com/go/rm or by contacting Adobe