Traditionally, sensitive information can be controlled only by limiting access to the networks or computers where the information is stored. After access is given to users, however, there are no restrictions on what can be done with the content or to whom it can be sent. Microsoft Information Rights Management (IRM) enables you to create a persistent set of access controls that live with the content, rather than a specific network location, which can help you control access to files even after they leave your direct control.

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