Virtru has been Google’s Recommended Application Partner for encryption since 2016, enabling thousands of customers to add layered protections to Gmail messages and attachments. By extending Virtru Data Protection to Google Drive, enterprise customers can fully migrate their most sensitive data to the cloud while meeting compliance and confidentiality requirements. The new offering is currently being previewed by large enterprises around the world and will be generally available in Q4 2018.
Virtru Data Protection for Google Drive will allow customers to add data-centric encryption, dynamic access control and flexible key management to any file uploaded to Drive. Files are encrypted before upload and protections persist even after files have been shared with collaborators outside the customer organization.
Beyond end-to-end encryption, the new features deliver key capabilities for any enterprise moving to the cloud:
- Customer Hosted Encryption Keys: Keys may be hosted on-premise or in any cloud to give customers exclusive control over encrypted file content and prevent surveillance
- Enforce Enterprise Policy: Set and manage policies by Group, OU or user that automatically encrypt Drive documents, folders, and Team Drives
- Audit and Visibility: Audit and track file sharing through easy-to-use dashboards and integrations with security information and event management (SIEM) systems for enhanced incident response and compliance reporting
- Powerful Access Controls: Instantly revoke access, watermark documents, disable sharing and set expiration dates for any file or folder
- Secure Sharing and Collaboration: Share encrypted files with anyone on any system, even if they do not have a Google account
Virtru Data Protection for Google Drive is built on the Trusted Data Format (TDF), an open standard for self-protecting data invented by Virtru co-founder and CTO, Will Ackerly. Unlike legacy approaches to data protection which rely on proprietary standards, TDF-protected data can be easily shared with any collaborator on any platform.
“Our partnership with Google has long been a critical part of our mission to bring powerful, easy-to-use encryption and data protection to businesses moving to the cloud,” said John Ackerly, CEO of Virtru. “We are excited to work closely with Google to enable more businesses to move more data to the Google Cloud.”
Since launching its unique approach to simplifying data protection in 2015, Virtru has garnered thousands of enterprise customers, built a strong partner network with leading cloud and security technology providers and won several accolades from industry watchers and the media.
Virtru is Google’s only recommended data protection partner for G Suite and was named a 2016 Google Partner of the Year. The company has been recognized as one of CNBC’s ‘Upstart 25,’ a Security Information Network (SINET) Innovator, and PCMag.com’s Editor’s Choice for Email Encryption. In 2015, Fortune magazine included Co-Founder Will Ackerly in its “40 Under 40” list.
Virtru eliminates the tradeoff between data protection and ease of use. More than 8,000 organizations trust the Virtru Data Protection platform to easily protect and control sensitive information regardless of where it’s been created, stored or shared. Only Virtru combines the open standard Trusted Data Format (TDF) with patented Secure User-First Technology, which allows users anywhere, on any device to work the way they do today—without requiring a separate log-in, user interface or application. Virtru is privately funded with investments from ICONIQ Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Samsung, Blue Delta Capital, Thyra Global, Soros Capital, and others. Learn more at www.virtru.com.