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January 23, 2017
“John Ackerly is the cofounder, CEO of Virtru Corporation. He spent the earlier part of his career working as the lead policy adviser on technology issues at the White House,...

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January 20, 2017
“As a part of PEN America’s toolkit to defend free expression, here are 10 things you can do to defend the First Amendment anywhere.”

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January 5, 2017
“Samsung will be investing $150 million into emerging tech startups, the company announced on Wednesday. The Samsung NEXT Fund will be targeting pre-seed to Series B investments, with a focus...

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January 5, 2017
“Samsung on Wednesday announced its intentions to support early-stage startups focused on emerging technologies. The company, through its global innovation group, has established a $150 million fund targeting businesses specializing...

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January 5, 2017
“Today at CES 2017, Samsung announced the Samsung NEXT Fund — a $150 million venture fund targeted at early-stage startups working in emerging tech. Specifically, they will be looking for...

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December 16, 2016
“Virtru’s encryption software earned it a $29 million funding round this year, which helped it get a major contract with Maryland to move emails to the cloud and keep them...

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December 15, 2016
“While there are a number of straightforward measures all users should take to protect themselves, relatively few people actually do. And in this case, doing so wouldn’t really have mattered....

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December 15, 2016
“The only saving grace is that the attackers apparently did not exploit the information for fraud. But their true motives remain a mystery. While there are a number of straightforward...

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December 12, 2016
“One of the most contentious elections in modern history is finally over. The candidates and their surrogates mercilessly attacked one another’s character and reputations, inflicting wounds that will take a...

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December 9, 2016
“Maryland has moved more state employees’ email to Google Cloud after adding a platform that secures sensitive data in the cloud while leaving data ownership squarely in control of the...

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December 5, 2016
“Virtru’s Customer Key Server provides companies with exclusive ownership of encryption keys for total protection and control of sensitive data, and enables compliance with data residency, regulatory, and privacy requirements.”

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December 2, 2016
“Encryption vendor Virtru launched a news service on Nov. 30 that enables its customers to keep encryption keys for cloud email services in an on-premises key server. The new Customer...

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December 1, 2016
“In addition to the new application development tool, Google this week also announced an expanded list of third-party applications that integrate easily with G Suite. Among the seven vendors whose...

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November 30, 2016
“Google today announced the launch of App Maker, the newest entry in the low-code, drag-and-drop app building market. Like its competitors from Microsoft and numerous startups, App Maker promises to...

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November 30, 2016
“Google is working hard to convince big companies to adopt G Suite, the collection of web-based productivity software formerly known as Google Apps. And big companies typically need at least...

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November 30, 2016
“G Suite is designed to help you do your best work, whether that’s through real-time collaboration that brings your teams together or machine intelligence that speeds up everyday tasks. But...

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November 21, 2016
“The Forum Club of Southwest Florida kicked off its 32nd season earlier this month by learning about online security from Will Ackerly, co-founder and chief technical officer of Virtru, a...

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November 15, 2016
“Best Cloud Computing Security Solution These technologies are deployed to protect data and/or applications in a cloud environment. They may also protect the cloud computing infrastructure itself. Cloud computing security...

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November 14, 2016
“Best Cloud Computing Security Solution – These technologies are deployed to protect data and/or applications in a cloud environment. They may also protect the cloud computing infrastructure itself. Cloud computing...

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November 3, 2016
“Countless high-profile hacks show that anytime you transmit information digitally, it’s exposed to outside threats. With Virtru, you have total control over everything you share. It works seamlessly with Gmail...

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October 22, 2016
“Washington-area companies raised nearly $300 million in venture capital funding during the third quarter, putting the region on track to reach $1 billion in investments by the end of the year, according...

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October 17, 2016
“Open source project GPG Sync makes it easier for organizations already using GPG to encrypt email messages to manage different user keys.”

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October 14, 2016
“Software companies dominated venture capital fundraising in the D.C. region in the third quarter of 2016, raking in $209.8 million – about 80 percent of the $262.9 million companies raised...

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October 6, 2016
“The Maryland state government has adopted an email encryption system first developed by the NSA so that employees can share sensitive information with one another. Virtru, a company founded by...

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September 22, 2016
“Much has already been written about the new Snowden movie directed by Oliver Stone and its inaccuracies and exaggerations. However, the hype does underscore two persistent vulnerabilities, technical and constitutional,...

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September 9, 2016
“The Beat is Back. Modeled after our daily email newsletter, The Beat Podcast breaks down the week’s biggest D.C. tech, business and startup stories from the people who know it...

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September 7, 2016
“Cybersecurity startups around Washington have been on fire this summer. A handful of companies collectively have raised more than $100 million in the last six weeks or so, all approaching...

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August 24, 2016
“Virtru, a D.C.-based encryption and privacy startup, announced on Monday that the company has secured $29 million in Series A financing. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Virtru...

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August 23, 2016
“Virtru, the email and file encryption application, announced on Monday (Aug. 22) it closed a round of venture capital funding. The Series A round of funding, which netted the startup...

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August 23, 2016
“Virtru, an email and file encryption service, has closed on a $29 million Series A funding round. Led by Bessemer Venture Partners, the funding round also includes participation from New...

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August 23, 2016
“The Shadow Brokers and the shadowy world of hybrid warfare. Is someone using seized Silk Road Bitcoin wallets to bid on leaked files? Election hacking worries persist; concerns about secret...

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August 22, 2016
“Virtru, a provider of encryption and data protection to organizations around the world, announced that it has secured $29 million in Series A financing.”

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August 22, 2016
“Bessemer Venture Partners led a $29 million investment for data privacy startup Virtru, the Washington, D.C.-based security software developer announced today. The series A capital will help Virtru build new...

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August 22, 2016
“Talk about being at the right place and at the right time. Following revelations of government spying, data breaches, malicious hacking, identity theft and other online threats, the email and...

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August 22, 2016
“In an era of hacks, leaked emails and sometimes damaging revelations, Virtru CEO John Ackerly is selling what he sees as the hottest commodity of all — privacy. And now...

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August 22, 2016
“Bessemer Venture Partners is one of California’s more successful technology investors, an early backer in the likes of Yelp, LinkedIn and Skype. Lately, the venture firm has taken a particular...

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August 22, 2016
“Washington, D.C. encryption software startup Virtru has closed a $29 million funding round. The new funding was led by Bessemer Venture Partners, which previously led a $6 million round for...

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August 22, 2016
“Virtru, a Washington, D.C.-based provider of encryption and data protection solutions, has raised $29 million in Series A funding.”

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August 19, 2016
“Will Ackerly, CTO and co-founder of Virtru, echoed these concerns. The exploits are “very well crafted,” he said, speaking with SCMagazine.com. “But others are going further and saying that it...

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August 1, 2016
“Not a day goes by now that we don’t hear about yet another email hack. The recent hacks of Hillary Clinton and Democratic National Committee emails are just the latest,...

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July 26, 2016
“The FBI suspects the Russian government could be behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee after about 20,000 emails from the political organization were leaked late last week. But...

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July 25, 2016
“The platform hopes that the commission will bring the law enforcement and tech communities together. However, the platform may not have gone far enough, Will Ackerly, chief technology officer and...

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July 20, 2016
“The U.S. must “stop playing defense and go on offense” online in order to avoid a “cyber Pearl Harbor,” according to the newly released Republican Party platform. “Despite their promises...

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July 16, 2016
“The bad news is that failure to take proper precautions in how you use email puts you in extreme danger.  The good news is that there a number of simple...

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July 13, 2016
“Virtru provides a way to encrypt a message to a person at any email address. It works with Gmail and Google Apps, and offers Chrome, Firefox, and Outlook support. To...

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July 1, 2016
“Industry pros were cheered by the nuanced approach to encryption. The report “highlights the key pitfalls associated with trying to weaken encryption,” wrote Will Ackerly, CTO and founder of encrypted...

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June 29, 2016
“Encryption specialist for email and files Virtru announced the ability to search full body encrypted text without sacrificing data security or privacy.This means users of its security platform can search...

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May 19, 2016
“John and Will Ackerly each had stints in the government during the surveillance build-up of the past two decades — John as a Bush administration technology adviser and Will as...

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March 18, 2016
“The likelihood of someone stealing the tool grows with every copy made, says Will Ackerly, a former National Security Agency employee who’s now chief technology officer at Virtru, a computer...

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February 24, 2016
“While Apple and larger companies are leading the way, start-ups are also looking for ways to improve security, investors and consultants said. Some are even partnering with the likes of...

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February 23, 2016
“Using the software even once could give authorities or outsiders new clues to how Apple’s security features work, potentially exposing vulnerabilities that could be exploited in the future, Ackerly said....

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February 23, 2016
“Apple argues it’s unrealistic to think that governments, both in the U.S. and overseas, won’t ask to use the same program again in other cases. Ackerly and other experts echoed...

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February 23, 2016
“”It’s a very dangerous proposition to claim that this capability could not be re-used,” said Will Ackerly, chief technology officer at Virtru, a computer security firm he co-founded after working...

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February 14, 2016
TheCyberWire Week-in-Review Podcast recently interviewed Virtru’s Co-Founder, Will Ackerly, on the development of client-side encryption. In this podcast, John Petrik of The CyberWire, also discussed trends in cyber crime and reviewed...

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February 2, 2016
“It stands to reason that using Google’s Gmail in the Chrome browser would be like bringing together chocolate and peanut butter, right? Well, actually, Gmail works fine with other browsers,...

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January 18, 2016
“Our roundup of intriguing new products.” “Virtru Hardware-Backed Encryption Key Management Key features: The Virtru Hardware-Backed Encryption Key Management (HEKM) service adds customer encryption keys stored on Hardware Security Modules...

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December 10, 2015
“There are a ton of apps out there,” Will Ackerly, a former NSA employee and co-founder of encrypted mail service Virtru, told NBC News. “Bad guys don’t play by the...

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November 29, 2015
“Cyber security start-up Virtru is partnering with universities to develop a tool to teach students what should be encrypted. Will Ackerly, co-founder of Virtru, said it worked like “spell check for...

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November 16, 2015
“The Snowden revelation showed that backdoors can be destructive, particularly when they’re done in secrecy without transparency,” says Will Ackerly, a former NSA security researcher and the co-founder of Virtru,...

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November 11, 2015
Going on an international business trip is a hassle, almost inherently. But traveling abroad and staying connected in a country with high-stakes cybercrime is downright stressful and possibly dangerous. As...

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October 31, 2015
“On October 6, the EU ruled that the 15-year-old Safe Harbor Agreement between the U.S. and Europe is invalid. The agreement had allowed American companies to move the data of...

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October 18, 2015
“Will Ackerly deployed to Iraq with the NSA and said he was invested in developing ways to make sure that information was transmitted securely to the troops who needed it....

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October 18, 2015
“Ackerly said the experience he received in eight years on the job at the NSA was invaluable in helping him get the venture off the ground. ‘The two things that...

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October 11, 2015
“Fortune says its “40 Under 40” list is for the first time “100 percent brand new” this year, but a handful of the winners are very familiar names, including Taylor...

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September 25, 2015
“He’s on a mission. Will Ackerly is a former National Security Agency tech whiz who’s now in the business of protecting your digital information from hackers’–and even the government’s–prying eyes.”

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September 25, 2015
“Will Ackerly was a tech whiz who grew concerned by the agency’s widespread snooping. He left and launched what just may be the best technology to shield your data from...

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September 24, 2015
“Ackerly was once a whiz kid in the National Security Agency (for a time using his technical skills in Iraq to help the American military track terrorists). Like Edward Snowden,...

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September 22, 2015
“When sending messages containing confidential information, encryption is our friend. Many companies mandate its use, but I have encountered very few that make the process user-friendly. You should find a...

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August 21, 2015
What happens on the Internet, stays on the Internet—and hackers are always looking for ways to steal that info. But don’t freak out: these five apps will help you lock...

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August 13, 2015
Skilled engineers charged with tracking weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, US government-backed cyber attackers and even the general who led the National Security Agency have all left...

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July 27, 2015
Have you ever clicked “Send” on an email and regretted it a fraction of a second later? Whether you were angry and typed something you shouldn’t have, clicked “Reply All”...

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July 26, 2015
Long has the war for email privacy been fought – and it looks we’ll keep fighting far into the future. People have always wanted to make sure than only the...

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July 25, 2015
Have you ever clicked “Send” on an email and regretted it a fraction of a second later? Whether you were angry and typed something you shouldn’t have, clicked “Reply All”...

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July 25, 2015
Have you ever clicked “Send” on an email and regretted it a fraction of a second later? Whether you were angry and typed something you shouldn’t have, clicked “Reply All”...

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July 22, 2015
I once co-wrote a book on enterprise email where I likened email encryption to a “sucking chest wound.” That was in 1997, when you had to do all the encryption...

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July 21, 2015
Here are 11 tips for healthcare professionals to keep HIPAA compliance in the digital age. 1. With the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, the Privacy Rule issued...

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July 20, 2015
Virtru has a nice balance of plug-ins and mobile apps that support its easy-to-use encryption operations across a variety of email circumstances. If you have installed the necessary plug-in, when...

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July 20, 2015
I once co-wrote a book on enterprise email where I likened email encryption to a “sucking chest wound.” That was in 1997, when you had to do all the encryption...

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July 8, 2015
The right one could save you a lot of embarrassment. Have you ever regretted an email immediately after you’ve sent it? Do you wish you had the ability to unsend...

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July 1, 2015
A few weeks ago, I told you about a little-known email service that can keep your communication private. It’s a nice service, but the downside is you have to start...

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June 29, 2015
Virtru, the company that makes it easy for anyone to keep digital information private, today announced Virtru for Nonprofits, a program providing nonprofit organizations with easy, client-side email encryption to protect...

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June 23, 2015
D.C. is home to a conglomeration of high-profile, global non-profit organizations who have progressively become extremely attractive targets for hackers. These organizations are especially susceptible to attacks because of the...

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June 9, 2015
From paving potholes to funding schools, running a town, city or state is not easy, and budgets are always tight. With so many moving parts to manage in local government,...

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June 8, 2015
Will Ackerly, the founder and CTO of Virtru, left the NSA in 2012 to solve a big problem: securing personal digital communications. Today, his product Virtru enables anyone to counter...

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May 29, 2015
“A motivated hacker can always find a way in,” said Virtru’s co-founder and CEO, John Ackerly. Ackerly explains to WUSA 9’s Elizabeth Jia how e-mail users may incorporate Virtru’s encryption...

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May 14, 2015
Virtu announced a HIPAA-compliant email service that allows users in the health care industry to keep confidential information private and audit-ready. The company’s Virtu Pro platform enables users to send...

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April 7, 2015
I put Virtru up against StartMail and Enlocked 2 in several criteria, and it came out on top (or sharing the top) in just about every case. It’s the only...

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April 7, 2015
MEA|NEA, Inc., the recognized leader in secure unstructured health information exchange, has formed a strategic alliance with Virtru to provide HIPAA-compliant email services to nearly 50,000 dental and medical practice...

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March 13, 2015
As D.C.’s lone representatives in this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Innovation Awards — among the most closely watched competitions at one of the premier showcases for tech start-ups —...

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March 10, 2015
The Hillary Clinton email controversy is the political story that won’t go away. It’s like the worst case of spam infestation, a bounce back from the lower regions of the...

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March 7, 2015
The Legal Technology Resource Survey Report found that only one-quarter of law firms have any kind of email encryption available for their lawyers to use. No doubt, a major obstacle...

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March 5, 2015
After news surfaced that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a private email server for communications related to her post, industry pundits immediately began to wrestle with the implications...

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January 27, 2015
The South by Southwest Interactive Festival today announced that Virtru is a finalist in the Privacy & Security category for the 18th annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards. The new Privacy...

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January 21, 2015
How can Congress continue to ignore what is becoming our most pressing national security issue? Bipartisan cheerleading for cybersecurity aside, there is fierce industry opposition to new security or privacy...

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January 2, 2015
The United States is the physical hub of the global Internet. Data from around the globe crosses gateways and servers in the United States. This basic fact, obscured by hazy...

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December 29, 2014
The risks of having your email hacked are high, but the reaction of most has been muted. Email security is a problem that continues to pop up in the news...

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December 29, 2014
It seems like as each day passes, another embarrassment unfolds in the Sony Pictures security breach saga — from unflattering internal discussions to Sony’s ill-advised DDoS counter offensive against the...

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December 22, 2014
Our CEO, John Ackerly, appeared on Fox Business News for the segment, “How to dodge a hack attack in 5 seconds“, to discuss what went wrong with Sony and ways...

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December 20, 2014
Our CEO, John Ackerly, appeared on a CBS Evening News segment devoted to security in the wake of the Sony attack. In the segment you’ll see John demonstrate Virtru’s integration...

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December 10, 2014
In an effort to bolster third-party developers and represent a broader section of the Google Apps ecosystem, the Cloud Alliance for Google Apps today announced the addition of AODocs, Boost...

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December 8, 2014
When it comes to the many tools that help people guard their privacy online, there have largely been two basic choices.

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November 12, 2014
Another company demoing at the show was Virtru, which says it adds an extra layer of encryption to the email service you already use, like Gmail or Yahoo Mail.

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November 4, 2014
“Often a possible threat can be upgraded to be a credible threat if certain activity is seen across two or more institutions. At the volumes of activity they see, being...

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September 10, 2014
Will Ackerly, 33, spent eight years at the NSA, working on encryption and secure cloud architecture. He left in the summer of 2012, shortly after the NSA released a new...

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September 10, 2014
With data breaches now a daily news item, a stint at either agency has become résumé gold for entrepreneurs. Some agency folks are leaving more out of a moral duty...

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July 27, 2014
The value proposition is obvious: Email encryption here is easy to implement — both sending and receiving — and your company’s system administrator now has a tool to effectively monitor...

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July 22, 2014
Email encryption startup Virtru has launched a version of its service for businesses using Google Apps, a market segment that the company thinks is showing increased interest in secure communications....

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July 16, 2014
“One promising new encryption tool is Virtru, a feature that can be added to Chrome and Firefox browsers or installed on the Mail program on the Mac and for Outlook...

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July 2, 2014
Virtru is flexible because it’s an email add-on, not a provider, and works with most services like Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo Mail, etc. Simply download the plugin or app and flick...

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June 30, 2014
Staying secure online is a pain. If you really want to protect yourself, you have to create unique passwords for every web service you use, turn on two-factor authentication at...

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June 28, 2014
Meet Virtru, an email security app that encrypts your email before it leaves your device; it includes fine-grained privacy controls so only you and the person to whom you sent...

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June 26, 2014
If you kept all your private physical information in a locked trunk, the government would need a warrant to search it. “Most people cannot lug around every piece of mail...

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June 24, 2014
“One of the biggest insights I had [at the NSA],” Ackerly said, “was that really good fundamental encryption technology is out there, but if you don’t deploy it in a...

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June 17, 2014
The key with what Virtru does, apart from making encryption work on most ordinary cloud email, is that it works across different platforms, something that is largely a gap today,...

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June 17, 2014
One obstacle to bringing encryption technology to the masses has been the steep learning curve, which is what David Cowan, a partner at venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners, said...

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June 16, 2014
David Cowan, founder of VeriSign, is leading the $6 million investment for Bessemer Venture Partners, where he is a partner. “We have been investing in e-mail security for 20 years,”...

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June 9, 2014
Business owners no longer have to cross their fingers and hope for the best when sending sensitive email. It’s now possible to control where emails go, how long they can...

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June 5, 2014
The nation’s top cybersecurity official and Edward Snowden, its most wanted hacker, agree that people need easier tools to protect their own privacy, says Guest Contributor Tim Edgar, a former...

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June 5, 2014
Virtru’s Android encryption enables users to control access to email messages and files and can be “revoked” at any time. Users can also set expiration dates for sensitive email. The...

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May 7, 2014
There are plenty of ways to encrypt your email, from one-click browser methods to full PGP encryption, but all of them can be tricky to set up and use. Virtru...

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May 1, 2014
“A lot of the data breaches are putting a fine point that security is very hard to do well. Lots of people I know at NSA leaving to start their...

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April 8, 2014
“The designers of email didn’t intend for it to provide confidentiality,” said John Ackerly, CEO of Virtru, an email privacy company. “It’s kind of like sending a postcard, put on...

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April 4, 2014
Besides encrypting messages, Virtru allows customers to revoke a sensitive email at any time and track where and to whom a message is forwarded. The sender can also restrict whether...

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March 18, 2014
“We believe government surveillance has gone too far and individuals have lost their right to privacy,” says Will ­Ackerly, who spent eight years building software for the NSA before founding...

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March 10, 2014
The Ackerly brothers made clear their interest in protecting users communications and that it tied itself into the issue of civil liberties. Will said securing browser launched email communications was...

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February 10, 2014
What we’ve tried to do – and what’s different from what a lot of encrypted communication tools out there have done – is really spend time to integrate the encryption...

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February 10, 2014
Acting as an extension to your existing email address, you don’t have to create a new email address with the Virtru website. You simply install a small piece of software,...

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February 3, 2014
We’ve all done it. That horrifying moment when you press “send,” and realize that picture of your face photoshopped into a child’s dinosaur costume went to someone with the same...

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February 3, 2014
Virtru’s big advantage is that it works within the Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo webmail interfaces and doesn’t need an external client, which was no small engineering feat, Will said. For...

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January 24, 2014
The Virtru tool is a free browser extension (currently compatible with Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) that integrates with popular email services such as Gmail, Yahoo, or Outlook. In Gmail, for...

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January 23, 2014
Virtru appears to be launching at a perfect time given the enormous amount of attention on government surveillance, which classified documents leaked by Snowden show is far greater than the...

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January 19, 2014
Virtru allows people to encrypt e-mails they send to others, revoke messages from recipients after they have been sent and prevent unauthorized viewers from intercepting messages. It is based on...

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December 6, 2016

Virtru Recognized by Google as a Recommended for G Suite Application for Encryption

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.

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November 30, 2016

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.

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October 6, 2016

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

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.

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August 22, 2016

Virtru Closes $29 Million Series A Round Led by Bessemer Venture Partners

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.

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June 28, 2016

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.

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January 28, 2016

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.

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January 13, 2016

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.

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November 24, 2015

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.

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November 10, 2015

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.

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March 16, 2015

Privacy Matters: NeoNova teams with Virtru to simplify email encryption for Google Apps

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.

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January 27, 2015

SXSW Interactive Reveals Finalists for 2015 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

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.

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January 27, 2015

Virtru Announces General Availability of Its Encrypted Email and Digital Privacy Service

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.

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December 22, 2014

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.

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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.

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July 22, 2014

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.

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June 17, 2014

Virtru Closes $6 Million in Funding Led by Bessemer Venture Partners

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.

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June 5, 2014

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.”

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March 25, 2014

Virtru Releases its First Transparency Report Outlining Government Demands for User Information

“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.”

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March 21, 2014

Virtru Brings Its Encrypted Email and Privacy Service to Microsoft 365

“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.”

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January 21, 2014

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.”

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January 21, 2014

Virtru Launches Encrypted Email and Privacy Service, Forever Changing the Digital Privacy Landscape

“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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