WASHINGTON, March 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Virtru, a trusted provider of data protection and data privacy solutions to more than 8,000 organizations, today launched the Virtru Data Protection Platform. The Virtru platform allows enterprises and government agencies to easily secure and share their most sensitive data while maintaining control over who can access their content. Where traditional approaches provide offer porous walls around company systems or checkbox solutions that are too difficult for practical use, Virtru provides an easy-to-use alternative that protects enterprise data wherever it’s shared.

Regulated content, intellectual property and other sensitive information are the lifeblood of the enterprise, and that vulnerable data must be shared inside and outside of the organization. Yet, firewalls and other perimeter security solutions continue to fail enterprise data. The Virtru platform was built from the ground-up to address the most vexing issue facing enterprises and governments: ensuring that enterprise data is protected, that access is controlled, and that end users can freely and easily share with partners, customers, and suppliers. The company’s first focus has been on protecting sensitive information shared by email, an historically difficult problem where legacy approaches fail in both ensuring protection and user experience.

Research from Gartner suggests that as catastrophic breaches and leaks become an almost daily event, the industry is waking up to the failures of traditional approaches to data security. According to Gartner, “The exponential growth in data generation and usage across multiple data silos is rendering current data security methods obsolete, requiring significant changes in both architecture and product selection approaches.” *

“Breaches like Sony, the DNC, and countless others are proof the most the $100 billion cybersecurity industry is selling snake oil,” said John Ackerly, CEO of Virtru.  “It’s either checkbox compliance, designed for a bygone era when all your information could be safely locked down inside your firewall, or it’s too difficult for practical use. We’ve taken a different approach -- we protect corporate data wherever it travels. And we make it easy enough for real humans to use.”

The Virtru Data Protection Platform allows authorized users to easily protect and control sensitive information regardless of where it’s been created, stored or shared.

Benefits include:

  • Surprising Ease of use – only the Virtru Data Protection platform comes 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
  • Complete Security from Creator to Consumer – with the Virtru Data Protection platform, organizations can trust that sensitive information is secure no matter where it’s been created, stored or shared; users can share content easily and securely even with those who don’t have the same email or file sharing tool
  • Visibility and Control – the Virtru Data Protection platform enables users to revoke access, disable forwarding, watermark PDFs, and use other unique controls; and, organizations can quickly see where all content and emails have been shared via audit trail and reporting

A cornerstone capability of the Virtru platform is the Virtru Control Center. The Control Center allows organizations to centrally manage, monitor and control access to sensitive information by setting and enforcing enterprise- or department-wide rules, and auto-generating audit trails and security and compliance reports. Organizations large and small can now easily centrally control shared data, improving their ability to protect intellectual property and comply with regulations, such as GDPR, PCI, HIPAA, and CJIS.

Other capabilities include:

  • Support for Enterprise Applications – Organizations can add Virtru access control, encryption, and policy enforcement capabilities to enterprise SaaS applications, as well as custom applications.
  • Data Protection for Mobile – With the Virtru platform organizations can share and control access to protected emails and content on mobile devices using Virtru’s iOS and Android app. 
  • Based on open standards - The Virtru platform is based on open standards, which allows it to easily integrate into an organization's enterprise security architecture, and also allows other enterprise applications to take advantage of Virtru’s access protection and control.

Virtru’s rapid growth, acquiring more than 8,000 customers in just 24 months, is a testament to the success of its approach. Enterprise customers include multinational banks, telecommunications firms, media giants, and government agencies. 

The company’s approach has also been recognized by the technology community  -- Virtru is Google’s only Recommended Partner for Data Protection in G Suite, was selected for Microsoft’s exclusive Accelerator program for high growth independent software vendors, and recently announced a partnership with Softbank for expansion into the Japanese market.  Other significant technology and distribution partnerships will be announced shortly.

About Virtru
Virtru eliminates the tradeoff between data protection and ease of use. More than 7,000 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 comes 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 Bessemer Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Samsung and others.  Learn more at www.virtru.com.

*Gartner, “Market Guide for Data-Centric Audit and Protection,” Brian Lowans, et al, 21 March 2017.

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