What is Information Rights Management (IRM)?
Information rights management (IRM) is a discipline that involves managing, controling and securing content from unwanted access. IRM is a subset of digital rights management (DRM), which protects multimedia content, including video and music. While DRM focuses on protecting intellectual property from patent infringement and piracy, IRM focuses on protecting sensitive data, especially data that is exchanged with parties outside an organization (suppliers and partners)

For example, a hospital may apply IRM to patient records in order to maintain compliance with HIPAA-HITECH and prevent access to this information in the event that the patient records fall into unauthorized hands. The Bank can use IRM to protect confidential document while sharing with outside customers/partners. And another example would be when an organization applies IRM to executive communication to protect sensitive information from leaking to the media or to competitors.

IRM generally encrypts files in order t