3 Ways to Keep Content Secure with Metadata

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  • Information Technology
  • Intelligent Data Capture

So you’ve populated your repository with content and applied appropriate templates, fields, tags and link groups. It is now time to make sure that your content is secure. Nothing is more important than having a thorough security policy in place. Security tags, versioning and digital signatures can greatly augment your security policy.

Security tags

If a security tag is applied to a document, only a Laserfiche user assigned to the tag will be able to access that document.  For example, Ada County Sheriff’s Office deals with records that involve employees, their family members and high-profile citizens. The Sheriff’s Office assigns a “Confidential” tag to these reports to prevent unauthorized users from viewing them. Only supervisors and the records manager can view these documents.

Laserfiche Workflow can automatically assign security tags to documents with the Assign Tags activity.

The Assign Tags activity in the Ada County Sheriff’s Office workflow.

Note that security tags work best in conjunction with Entry Access Rights set on a folder.


Once version control is enabled, changes to a document will be retained in the version history. From the Versions tab in the metadata pane, you can easily see all of the changes that have been made to the document over the course of its history. This includes changes to the document’s text, metadata, image pages and electronic document. If invalid changes are made, it is very easy to revert to an older version of the document.

For example, the DCD Group enables versioning on all of its project documentation in order to keep track of all of the changes that have been made and of who made those changes.

It is even possible to create a workflow that monitors changes to certain documents and sends an email every time there is a new version.

An email notification of new versions of a product plan.

Digital signatures

A digital signature is a way of indicating that a document is authentic, has been signed by a particular person and has not been modified since the signature was applied. Digital signatures help certify the authenticity of documents. Note that this only applies to changes to the image pages or electronic file.  Changes to metadata or annotations will not be counted as changes for digital signature purposes.

For example, Edgewood Independent School District uses digital signatures to signify approval of certain human resources documents.

The Edgewood ISD Digital Signatures metadata pane.

Security should always be at the forefront of an information management strategy. Applying security tags, implementing versioning and using digital signatures will enhance your security policy.

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