NetDocuments, the leading cloud platform for legal IT, announced today it has completed the proof of concept of the integration of NetDocuments’ cloud platform with blockchain technology, enabling firms to validate document existence, details, status, and metadata via a verified and distributed digital ledger.
Incorporating blockchain technology into NetDocuments’ governance platform enables sensitive and transactional documents to be verified by posting to an open-source digital ledger, validating document details such as canonization, approval, status, filing and other relevant document information. Verified documents will retain a blockchain ID, ensuring accuracy through a distributed digital trust network. The technology integration includes blockchain certification of content stored in NetDocuments as well as certification of contents in local device storage.
"Blockchain represents a new wave of innovation in the architecture of highly trustworthy systems. I believe it can cause transformation and disruption for the legal ecosystem at large and enable a whole new way for corporate counsel to manage their legal operations," commented Bob Craig, CIO at BakerHostetler and NetDocuments customer. "I'm thrilled that NetDocuments has proven once again they are innovators and that they have embraced this new technology in such a bold way."
NetDocuments’ blockchain integration allows customers to initiate a range of workflows and will support multiple blockchain platforms. For example, establishing an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) can be performed by distributing a NetDocuments link, verifying the parties have not altered the agreement and then publishing the final agreement through the NetDocuments-Blockchain integration.
Alvin Tedjamulia, CTO at NetDocuments elaborated on the company’s move to embrace blockchain technology. “Blockchain is the ultimate source of digital trust and verification. By combining blockchain’s decentralized digital trust with private and geo-aware data storage, dual-custody encryption keys, private Hardware Security Modules (HSM), Digital Loss Prevention (DLP), and policy-based data classification solutions, we are delivering on our promise to provide innovation and governance solutions that no other vendor is offering in the market today. Leveraging blockchain is a logical next step as part of our security and governance industry leadership.”
“NetDocuments is not simply cloud storage or an enterprise DMS,” added Tedjamulia. “It’s about managing the objects we store, such as documents, discussions, email, etc. and delivering the governance, collaboration, and intelligent understanding around those digital assets. Blockchain integration further enhances a firm’s ability to properly govern documents and sensitive data as part of their mission to improve client service and efficiency.”
Founded in 1999, NetDocuments’ cloud-based service allows firms of all sizes to reduce costs and increase security, mobility, compliance, and disaster recovery for documents and email from anywhere and on any device. With offices and datacenters in the US, Australia, and the UK, and with over 2,000+ customers and hundreds of thousands of users, NetDocuments is able to effectively service its global community spread across 140 countries. With anytime, anywhere access, firms are able to increase productivity and improve the client experience through a comprehensive cloud-based service.
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