Sookasa Unveils Industry’s First Compliance as a Service that Transparently Protects Files across Popular Cloud Services and Mobile Devices -- Sookasa Enables HIPAA and FERPA Compliance by Providing Transparent End-to-End Encryption and Access Control for Dropbox and Other Cloud Services while Preserving User Experience
SAN MATEO, Calif., April 2, 2014 -- Sookasa, Inc., an innovator in compliance for popular cloud applications and mobile devices, today introduced Sookasa Cloud Compliance Service™, the industry’s first Compliance as a Service™ solution that radically simplifies the protection of sensitive files across popular cloud services and mobile devices. Sookasa enables professionals to natively use their favorite cloud services, such as Dropbox and Gmail, and mobile devices, while transparently encrypting sensitive data and addressing regulations such as HIPAA and FERPA.
Cloud services such as Dropbox, Box and Gmail scatter and duplicate files across multiple devices and shared folders. This creates a significant challenge in regulated industries such as healthcare, education, legal and finance because the loss of a single device that is connected to a cloud account can cause a catastrophic data breach and significant legal liability. Current encryption solutions require heavy IT resources, restrict user freedom and significantly hurt user experience, and are therefore not suitable for smaller agile businesses.
With today’s launch, for the first time, organizations have a self-service turnkey encryption and compliance solution that enables their employees to safely use their favorite mobile devices and cloud services. With Sookasa, files are encrypted anywhere they are placed, including on the cloud, mobile devices and desktops, and remain encrypted even when shared externally. Sookasa controls and audits file accesses across devices and users according to HIPAA and FERPA standards. After a quick installation process, Sookasa users enjoy the natural user experience of their favorite cloud services without ever noticing their files are being encrypted and decrypted in the background.
“Sookasa is challenging the traditional security notion that you have to trade usability for security by offering compliance ready, on-demand, enterprise-grade data encryption, access control, and tracking to users in any business vertical using the native application interface and experience,” said David Monahan, Research Director, Security and Risk Management at Enterprise Management Associates. “Businesses of any size can easily support even external data sharing at an affordable cost with minimal setup and maintenance. The accelerating Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) trend is expanding data leak and breach challenges, since sensitive data is being shared across a plethora of cloud-connected devices on a massive scale. Sookasa’s technology of centralized access control and distributed encryption uniquely positions it to address many of these fundamental security challenges.”
With today’s introduction, Sookasa also announced its formal company launch and latest round of funding led by Accel Partners. See accompanying company launch announcement issued by Sookasa today at: www.sookasa.com/press/company-launch/
“The combination of Dropbox and Sookasa allows us to take advantage of the unlimited space provided by Dropbox and the HIPAA compliance provided by Sookasa,” said Son Han, Director of Accounting and Compliance at KIPP Houston Public Schools. “Sookasa’s ease-of-use impressed us, and we wanted something that could easily and seamlessly integrate into Dropbox. We moved to Dropbox because of its user friendliness and Sookasa offers that same benefit. We have employees of varying ranges of technical expertise so we wanted a HIPAA compliant tool that anyone could use. Sookasa will enable us to utilize cloud storage to allow all employees of KIPP Houston to access our data from anywhere, on any device, universally synchronized, that is HIPAA compliant. This ability makes KIPP more efficient through cutting-edge technology.”
According to the Department of Healthcare and Human Services, most HIPAA breaches are due to lost or stolen devices and media containing Protected Health Information (PHI)1. The increased popularity of file sharing services such as Dropbox and Box combined with the explosion of mobile devices create significant new security challenges, since file sharing services synchronize thousands of files containing private information onto a large number of mobile devices and desktops. This has created a compliance time bomb that is affecting millions of businesses. Sookasa is the first solution that effectively prevents these breaches and enables any business to use the new generation of cloud services and remain HIPAA and FERPA compliant. Sookasa’s Cloud Compliance Service has undergone extensive security and HIPAA audits by Praetorian, a leading security audit firm, which substantiated that Sookasa satisfies all HIPAA technical safeguard requirements2.
“Dropbox was a perfect solution for Engaged Health Solutions’ staff of coaches and engagement managers that need to access and share personal healthcare information in remote locations on-the-go,” said Nelson Bowers, Director of Operations, Engaged Health Solutions. “Sookasa allows us to use Dropbox while maintaining our HIPAA compliance. Sookasa has been very reliable and seamless. I like Sookasa because it is transparent to the user, and this is important because our staff greatly appreciates easy, non-intrusive software. Sookasa allows us (continued...)
Posted: 2014-04-04 @ 12:43pm PT
This looks really great, does it support Google Drive or SkyDrive?