The OpenTDF project will enable developers to incorporate Zero Trust Data Control into their applications
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 6, 2022 — Virtru, a global leader in data protection, today launched the OpenTDF project, an open source initiative. Developers can leverage OpenTDF to encrypt and protect sensitive data flowing in and out of their applications while applying data policies to enable Zero Trust data control.
Originally invented within the National Security Agency by Virtru’s founder, Will Ackerly, TDF has long existed as an open specification hosted by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Over the years, the TDF specification has informed numerous efforts to facilitate sharing of sensitive data across disparate domains. With the launch today of OpenTDF, developers have access to software development kits (SDKs) hosted in the OpenTDF GitHub repo. These SDKs will make it easier to build applications uniquely capable of governing sensitive data as it flows through documents, video feeds, IoT sensors, and multi-party analytics.
Use cases for OpenTDF include:
- Protect health information (PHI): Protecting personal health information and the ability to share medical history with a provider while maintaining control over that data
- Redact content within documents: Cryptographically enforced document redaction that protects words, sentences, or paragraphs of text based upon the security rights of the individual viewing the document
- Secure IoT sensor data: Providing granular access controls down to the packet level while also ensuring data integrity to safeguard against data spoofing
Integration with other platforms: Apache Kafka integration to secure data event streams from ingestion to consumption
“Virtru was built on the premise that people should have a basic right to determine what data they share and with whom. There should be no back doors and no third-party access requirements,” said John Ackerly, CEO of Virtru. “With this open implementation, customers and partners alike can incorporate industry-leading data control standards into their applications. We are excited to see how developers worldwide will leverage OpenTDF to deliver innovative Zero Trust data solutions that advance trust and respect for the data their organizations produce and share.”
“One of the world’s most important inventions, PDF was created by Adobe to facilitate sharing of documents between people using different computer operating systems, regardless of the application used to create the document,” said Will Ackerly, CTO of Virtru. “Just as PDF helped accelerate digital document sharing, TDF is poised to become the standard method for securely sharing sensitive data. TDF keeps rightful owners in sovereign control of information they share regardless of file type, application of origin, or authentication mechanisms.”
In recognition of the OpenTDF project launch, Virtru is hosting an executive networking and cocktail event on June 6th at RSA. The event will feature Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense. These distinguished guests will discuss how TDF is helping to simplify Zero Trust data workflows in support of national interests and collaboration with key allies.
At Virtru, we empower organizations to easily unlock the power of data while maintaining control, everywhere it’s stored and shared. Virtru is trusted by more than 7,000 global customers to power their Zero Trust strategies and safeguard their most sensitive data in accordance with the world’s strictest security standards. Creators of TDF (Trusted Data Format), the open industry standard for persistent data protection, Virtru provides encryption technology for data shared through email, collaboration tools, cloud environments, and enterprise SaaS applications. For more information, visit https://www.virtru.com or follow us on Twitter at @virtruprivacy.