Virtru, a trusted provider of business privacy and data protection to more than 5,000 organizations around the world, today announced it has been named to CNBC’s inaugural Upstart 25, CNBC’s list of promising young startups. Over 500 startups from around the world submitted questionnaires to be reviewed by the Upstart 25 Advisory Council, a group of 39 leading academics and analysts specializing in innovation and entrepreneurship. Virtru was chosen based on their impressive user and sales growth, recent company milestones and access to capital.
Virtru, a trusted provider of privacy and data security for thousands of organizations around the world, today announced it is now part of the Google Recommended for G Suite program as a provider of the control of data stored and shared in the cloud. Google will recommend Virtru to its customers and on the G Suite Marketplace, as part of the Recommended for G Suite program.
Virtru Adds Unprecedented Level of Data Privacy for Organizations Moving to the Cloud with New Customer Key Server
Virtru, a trusted provider of data privacy and encryption to more than 4,500 organizations around the world, today announced the availability of its Customer Key Server (CKS), which enables enterprises to maintain exclusive access to the encryption keys used to secure their data. As business privacy becomes a top priority for organizations across all industries, the Virtru CKS ensures that only explicitly authorized parties have access to unencrypted content and encryption keys. This configuration allows for maximum security, privacy, and control.
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.
Virtru, a trusted provider of encryption and data protection to thousands of organizations around the world, today announced that it has secured $29 million in Series A financing led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) with New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Soros Fund Management, Haystack Partners, Quadrant Capital Advisors, and Blue Delta Capital also participating in the round. Virtru will use the capital to scale operations worldwide, build new products to protect all types of data, and extend its Software Development Kits (SDKs) and Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for software developers.
Virtru Sets a New Standard for Seamless Data Protection by Allowing Users to Search Full Text of Encrypted Content
Virtru, a trusted provider of encryption for email and files to thousands of organizations around the world, today announced the ability to search full body encrypted text without sacrificing data security or privacy. For the first time, users can search for content contained in the encrypted body of an email message or file, not just metadata found in the subject line, and do so while preserving privacy.
Virtru Launches Software Development Kit, Enables Any Software or Cloud Provider to Easily Enable Client-Side Encryption
Virtru, a trusted provider of encryption for email and files to thousands of organizations around the world, today announced the launch of its Software Development Kit (SDK). Using the Virtru SDK and leveraging the Virtru Encryption-as-a-Service (EaaS) architecture, independent software vendors (ISVs) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers can now offer the same client-side encryption that Virtru offers on platforms like Google Apps and Microsoft Outlook.
Virtru Launches Hardware-Backed Encryption Key Management Giving Customers Key Residency Choice and Persistent Control of Their Content in the Cloud
Virtru, which provides encryption for email and files to thousands of businesses around the world, today announced the general availability of its patent-pending Hardware-Backed Encryption Key Management (HEKM) service. The new service adds the strongest level of protection with customer keys stored on Hardware Security Modules (HSMs). Virtru customers now have exclusive control of keys that protect security-critical data using HSM-backed encryption keys without hindering the ease-of-use or performance of cloud-based collaboration tools.
On the First Anniversary of the Sony Mega Hack, Survey Finds Three in Five Americans More Worried About Email Security Than Prior to the Attack
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the now historic cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures. Virtru, the easiest and most cost effective way to secure emails and files, commissioned a survey to determine if U.S. attitudes toward email security, online privacy and cyberattacks were heightened in the wake of one of the worst cyberattacks in corporate history. The survey tested the opinions of 1,025 Americans aged 18 and older and was conducted Nov. 10-11, 2015 by Regina Corso Consulting.
Virtru’s Integrated CJIS-Compliance Encryption Solution for Google Apps Is Now Available to the Public Sector Through Carahsoft
Carahsoft Technology Corp., the trusted government IT solutions provider, and Virtru Corporation, an email encryption company, announced today that Virtru’s CJIS-compliance encryption solution for Google Apps is now available for purchase through Carahsoft. This new encryption solution keeps data covered by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) secure throughout its lifecycle, ensuring only authorized parties can decrypt and read sensitive emails and files. CJIS mandates strong protections for data exchanged by law enforcement agencies, including client-side encryption. Traditionally this process has been costly and complex to set up and maintain. Virtru, a Google for Work Partner and a leading provider of client-side encryption solutions, has created an easy-to-use, cost-effective email encryption solution to enable compliance with CJIS requirements. Virtru is currently integrated with Gmail and will soon release an encryption offering for Google Drive.
RALEIGH, N.C. and WASHINGTON, — NeoNova, an industry leader in cloud-based services for regional telcos and businesses, and Virtru, the company that makes it easy for anyone to keep digital information private, today announced an alliance that delivers email encryption for Google Apps for Work. NeoNova will offer the Virtru Pro platform to its Google Apps for Work customers to address the high demand for simple, military-grade email security among businesses. Virtru Pro is a quick, simple and powerful solution that seamlessly integrates with Google Apps for Work to allow end-users and administrators to protect their company’s sensitive information. Whether encryption is necessary to meet regulatory requirements like HIPAA or to protect sensitive financial, legal or intellectual property information, Virtru lets organizations of all sizes encrypt emails and attachments.
The South by Southwest Interactive Festival today announced the finalists for the 18th annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards, taking place the evening of March 17, 2015, on the sixth floor of the Hilton Austin Downtown. Along with a new name, the 2015 competition features 14 entirely new categories, including Health Med & Biotech, Innovation in Connecting People, Innovative 3-DIY, Internet of Things, Music Discovery, New Economy, Privacy & Security, Responsive Design, SciFi No Longer, Student Innovation, Sustainable Tech, Transportation Advancements, Visual Media Experience, and Wearable Tech. Virtru is a finalist in the Privacy & Security category. The new Privacy & Security category is awarded for 2014’s most progressive accomplishment in the way we go about securing our data and ensuring our privacy.
Virtru, the company that makes it easy for anyone to keep digital information private, today announced the general availability of Virtru, the free encryption service for emails and attachments, and its advanced offering, Virtru Pro for business users. Individuals, businesses, and other institutions can now protect and share sensitive information easily and affordably from directly within their existing email service. In beta since January 2014, Virtru has seen demand surge for its practical, affordable, and easy-to-use email encryption and digital privacy service. In addition to regulated industries like healthcare and financial services, the company has experienced widespread demand across industry sectors. From dental practices, to restaurants, to state and local governments, individuals and organizations are securing their emails and attachments with Virtru. As the Sony mega-hack made clear, unprotected email can expose an organization’s most sensitive documents and intellectual property but also personal conversations that can be just as damaging.
Sony Hack Underscores the Need for Practical Email Protections — Virtru Makes Email Encryption Easy, Affordable and Available to Everyone
The Sony Pictures Entertainment hack and email leak is a cautionary tale for any business or individual with high-value intellectual property or company secrets to protect. The now historic security breach highlights the inherent vulnerabilities of email communication and how an email hack can cost a company more than its reputation. Early estimates predict losses of hundreds of millions resulting from the leak of personal and employee information, business plans, unreleased movies and other confidential and proprietary studio information. Had Sony adequately invested in data security and deployed an client-side email encryption service like Virtru, it’s likely much of the fallout from this data breach could have been prevented.
November 5, 2014
Virtru Selected to Present at the 5th Annual Privacy Identity Innovation Conference in Silicon Valley
Virtru, the digital privacy company dedicated to making it easy for everyone to keep their private communications private, today announced its presence at the 5th annual Privacy Identity Innovation conference, pii2014 Silicon Valley, Nov. 12-14 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Palo Alto, Calif. The company is one of only eight startups invited to demo its technologies on stage as part of the Innovator Spotlight program. The pii2014 conference brings together leading experts and innovators involved in the personal information economy to explore where innovation is heading and what it means for the future of privacy and identity.
Virtru Brings its Encrypted Email and Privacy Service to Google Apps Organizations with the Launch of Virtru for Business
Virtru for Business is the easiest, most secure way for Google Apps users to protect and share sensitive information. Built directly into the Google Apps Gmail interface, Virtru for Business has made enterprise-wide adoption of encrypted email seamless. An entire organization can now easily send and receive secure, encrypted emails, revoke sent messages, restrict forwarding, and set dates for emails to auto-delete. With Virtru for Business, confidential information sent to colleagues, business partners, and clients remains private, audit ready, and protected.
Virtru, the only encryption software company that allows users to revoke emails, prevent forwards, and set expiration dates, has today announced a $6 million round of financing led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), bringing the total raised to $10.3 million.
Virtru Launches Its Encrypted Email App for Android on the One-Year Anniversary of Snowden Revelations
“Today marks the one-year anniversary of The Guardian’s first published reports on the mass surveillance practices of the U.S. government brought forth by Edward Snowden. As a digital privacy company dedicated to making it easy to keep private communications private, Virtru is proud to announce the availability of Virtru for Android on Google Play. With Virtru’s client-side encryption and privacy features on their devices, Android users can control who receives, reviews and retains their digital information — wherever it travels, throughout its lifespan.”
“Virtru will only release personal information if required by court order based on the Fourth Amendment’s standard of probable cause that identifies a user or account subject to legitimate surveillance. Additionally, the company open sources key elements of its system and code, opening it up to external examination and critique. Now, with the Transparency Report, Virtru is proactively sharing with its users and privacy groups a detailed account of government requests for encryption keys based on criminal and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) search warrants, subpoenas, pen/trap orders, and wiretaps.”
“Virtru, a digital privacy company dedicated to making it simple to keep private communications private, today announced their support for Microsoft Outlook Desktop and Microsoft 365. Like users of Virtru’s Hotmail and Outlook.com service, individuals who add Virtru to Microsoft Outlook Desktop clients and Microsoft 365 will benefit from the rock-solid encryption, government-level data security, and privacy controls Virtru offers.”
New Research from Virtru Shows Consumers Care About Email Privacy but Lack Easy-to-Use Tools to Take Action
“75 percent of those who send emails are at least somewhat concerned that when sending an email their personal information will be read by organizations or individuals other than the intended recipient. Only 14 percent of online adults shared they are not at all concerned that email providers like Google and Yahoo! use content of their private messages for targeted advertisements. More than half (56 percent) of online adults said they were extremely concerned, very concerned, or concerned with this practice.”
“Virtru was founded on the belief that people have a fundamental right to privacy, and that exercising this right should be easy and available to everyone. Virtru makes this possible by building on the Trusted Data Format (TDF), an open-source technology invented by company co-founder Will Ackerly, a former cloud security architect at the National Security Agency (NSA). Virtru’s data-centric approach encloses an email message or any attachment in its own secure envelope that can only be opened by its intended recipient.”
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