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Virtru Enables Cloud Migration for More Than 15,000 State of Maryland Employees

Client-Side Encryption, Access Control, and Data Loss Prevention Help State Employees Protect Citizen Privacy, Comply With Regulations, and Reap the Benefits of Google Cloud


October 06, 2016 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
WASHINGTON–(Marketwired)– Virtru, a trusted provider of data privacy and encryption to more than 4,000 organizations around the world, today announced that the State of Maryland is using its platform to secure sensitive information in the cloud. With Virtru, more than 15,000 state employees are able to move their email to the cloud with Google while maintaining high levels of compliance, security, and data privacy.

Initially adopted by the State of Maryland to meet strict Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) regulations, Virtru is now broadly deployed to meet a variety of state security needs, including protection of personal health information regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Before implementing Virtru, many state workers were forced to stick with cumbersome, on-premise systems in order to meet regulatory requirements. Now, as a result of Virtru’s unique ability to meet strict government regulations, the state is able to take full advantage of their Google Cloud investment. Departments and agencies can now share sensitive information via email, while retaining the ability to revoke, expire, and control forwarding for their messages. In addition, confidential information sent to colleagues, other agencies, and jurisdictions remains private, audit-ready, and protected.

“The State of Maryland has achieved great collaboration and cost efficiency with Google Cloud, and Virtru allows us to extend these benefits to all of our agencies,” says Susan Lyon, Manager of Maryland’s Google Cloud team. “By enabling CJIS compliance for DPSCS employees, Virtru gave us a path toward a complete cloud migration. Now we’re using it to meet CJIS and HIPAA requirements and protect the privacy of our citizens statewide.”

Built on the Trusted Data Format (TDF) using 256-bit AES, client-side encryption, Virtru protects data at the time of creation and throughout its lifespan — regardless of where it’s shared. Virtru integrates with the email services that agencies already use every day, like Google Cloud, Gmail, and Outlook, providing a means of encrypting data before it is stored by any cloud provider. Encryption keys stay resident in the United States and in the control only of cleared U.S. citizens. The company’s innovations and patented technologies include full-text search of encrypted content and the ability to use existing identity for authentication — ensuring that customers no longer need to trade privacy for convenience.

“Virtru addresses three of the biggest barriers to cloud adoption — data privacy, security, and compliance,” said John Ackerly, CEO and Co-Founder of Virtru. “Using Virtru, data can be stored on any cloud system while allowing data to remain private and customers to retain control over who can access their content. We’re delighted to help the State of Maryland protect the privacy of their citizens and employees.”

Coming off of last month’s $29 million in Series A financing, Virtru is emerging as the leader of a new category of business privacy software providers. Whether to meet regulatory requirements or protect intellectual property, customers in media, entertainment, government, healthcare, financial services and manufacturing are turning to Virtru for its revolutionary ease-of-use and powerful security and control features.

About Virtru

In an era where every data transfer is a potential data leak, Virtru makes it possible for everyone to protect their content by offering easy and affordable email and file encryption. From individuals to large enterprises, Virtru lets people control who receives, reviews, and retains their information — wherever it travels, throughout its lifespan. Based on the open Trusted Data Format (TDF) created by Virtru Co-Founder Will Ackerly, the company’s Encryption-as-a-Service (EaaS) architecture, integrates powerful data security directly into the applications we use every day. Learn more at www.virtru.com or follow @virtruprivacy on Twitter.