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NATO and Virtru: Two Important Security Meetings Happening in Washington DC This Week


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    This week, Washington DC is hosting two significant security-focused meetings, each addressing critical aspects of protection in our modern world. While they may seem unrelated at first glance, both the NATO summit and Virtru's mid-year enablement meeting share a common goal: safeguarding what matters most.

    NATO Summit: Protecting People Across Borders

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is convening in the US capital to discuss and develop physical security capabilities. Their mission? To protect the lives and well-being of approximately 1 billion people living, working, and traveling within the alliance's 32 member countries.

    This massive undertaking involves coordinating defense strategies, sharing intelligence, and enhancing military cooperation across a vast geographical area. The summit will likely address emerging threats, from traditional military concerns to newer challenges like cybersecurity and hybrid warfare.

    NATO's focus is on creating a secure common domain where citizens can thrive without fear of external aggression. This physical security net spans across Europe and North America, providing a united front against potential threats to peace and stability.

    Virtru: Securing Data in the Digital Realm

    Meanwhile, just a few blocks away, a different kind of security meeting is taking place. Virtru, a leader in data-centric security solutions, is holding its mid-year enablement meeting. While NATO concerns itself with protecting people and physical assets, Virtru is tackling the equally crucial task of safeguarding digital information.

    In today's interconnected business world, massive amounts of sensitive, unstructured data flow in and out of organizations via email, file, and application workflows. Virtru's meeting is focused on driving continued innovation by empowering organizations to embrace data-centric security for purposes of sharing information. Virtru’s unique capability is powered by an open standard called Trusted Data Format (TDF) which applies policy, access, and encryption controls to individual objects of data. With TDF, Virtru is essentially shrinking traditional security architecture and delivering remarkable granularity to protect the thing that matters most — the data itself. This approach extends security and governance beyond traditional perimeter defenses, and empowers people to easily share sensitive data without sacrificing security, privacy, or ownership.



    Two Sides of the Security Coin

    While NATO and Virtru operate in different domains – one physical, one digital – both meetings underscore the critical importance of security in our modern world. NATO's efforts ensure that people can live and work freely across a vast international alliance. Virtru's innovations allow businesses to collaborate and share information securely in a global digital economy.

    As we move further into the 21st century, both physical and digital security will remain paramount. The concurrent meetings in Washington DC this week serve as a powerful reminder that protecting what matters – be it people or data – requires constant vigilance, innovation, and collaboration.

    Whether it's NATO safeguarding nations or Virtru securing sensitive business information, the goal remains the same: creating a safer, more secure world for all.

    Matt Howard

    Matt Howard

    A proven executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years experience developing high-growth software companies, Matt serves as Virtu’s CMO and leads all aspects of the company’s go-to-market motion within the data protection and Zero Trust security ecosystems.

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