SecureDoc Cloud removes security concerns related to cloud file sharing

WinMagic introduced at RSA Conference 2015 security software that encrypts and manages how files are shared via cloud file sharing services such as Dropbox or Box.

SecureDoc Cloud leverages WinMagic’s endpoint-focused key management capability; by giving full rights of encryption keys to the enterprise, the need for file-sharing passwords when combined with pre-boot authentication is eliminated and a user’s encryption experience is completely transparent.

As part of version 7.1 of the company’s flagship product, SecureDoc, the new offering—called SecureDoc Cloud—is seamless to the end user and to workgroups, is easily managed by IT administrators, and removes serious security concerns related to cloud file sharing solutions.

Key features and benefits of SecureDoc 7.1’s approach to cloud file security include:

  • Full corporate control of encryption keys: SecureDoc Cloud encrypts files at the endpoint before they are saved in the cloud, meaning the company controls the encryption keys; these keys are assigned (and revoked) solely based on company policy. If the cloud service is compromised, or if a given cloud instance is moved to a different geographic location, the files remain encrypted and can be accessed at any given point in time.
  • Centralized key management: SecureDoc simplifies the management of encryption keys for cloud file security alongside other full disk encryption methods on a given endpoint.
  • Seamless end user experience: Whether users collaborate in workgroups, need to share files with trusted third parties, or must access files from various devices, SecureDoc Cloud enables a seamless experience without inserting a need for additional passwords when sharing within the enterprise.

The new offering from WinMagic dovetails research released from the company today showing that consumers might be too comfortable using cloud file sharing services, even though they pose inherent security risks. According to a WinMagic-commissioned survey conducted online by Harris Poll in February among over 2,000 US adults, of the nearly two thirds (64%) of respondents that consider themselves cloud storage users, approximately three-quarters are at least somewhat confident in the security of their data stored in the cloud.

SecureDoc 7.1 including SecureDoc Cloud, which is available now for Beta with a full release in October, includes many popular features in addition to the cloud file encryption capability.

Customers have deployed the solution to manage BitLocker, a popular encryption method from Microsoft; BitLocker users that leverage SecureDoc are able to avoid the handful of issues related to encryption such as password-reset and user provisioning challenges. SecureDoc can also manage other encryption methods, such as Trusted Computer Group (TCG) Opal drives, Apple’s FileVault 2 and SecureDoc’s own FIPS 140-2 certified software encryption. It is therefore compatible with the most advanced storage approaches and common operating systems without experiencing any of the hassles typically associated with encryption management.

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