This is a confession.

My library lends ebooks, which I download on my Kindle. I’m a slow reader, so inevitably I’m only halfway through my book when my three weeks are about to run out.

So I turn off my Kindle’s wifi.

When I finish my book a few weeks later and turn my wifi back on, my library instantly takes it from me.  No late fees!

I feel a little guilty “stealing” time from waiting library patrons.  If my library had the new generation of content-centric security like Rimage’s Signal Online Publishing platform, my loan would end the instant my 21 days were up – whether I was online or not.

That’s because with this technology, policies (in this case, “available to read for 21 days after download”) are tied inextricably to the content itself.  The clock is ticking, so to speak, on my device, all the time.

Content-centric security allows other local usage policies with rock-solid encryption that can’t be bypassed – watch a movie twice, watch a movie for 24 hours, watch only next month, watch only 5 minutes.  Or require an FBI warning to be watched before the content.

The security is also tied to the device – which means it can’t be viewed by others on unauthorized devices.

It’s a powerful tool for any organization that needs to control valuable content’s use, even after it’s out in the world.

What if that “world” was an extended enterprise? A pharmaceutical company, for example, could distribute sensitive sales material to all of their sales reps on all of their devices without worrying that the content will leak into other hands.  If the content is revised, it instantly changes on every device. If a sales rep leaves the company, the sensitive content can be remotely deleted by the company from the employee’s devices.

Now that’s control!

I better learn to read faster.  I’m sure it won’t be long before I can’t stop my library books from being “returned” on time, even with my wifi turned off.