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Protect Sensitive Files Everywhere They Travel

Ryan Kalember
Chief Product Officer

WatchDox, a provider of secure enterprise file-sync-and-share (EFSS) solutions to protect, share and collaborate on files on any device, has announced the industry’s first solution to both detect and protect sensitive files everywhere, on every device. Via a comprehensive integration with Symantec DLP, WatchDox can now automatically and proactively protect sensitive files detected in motion on networks or emails, at rest in file shares and other repositories, and created on both mobile and PC endpoints.

With this joint solution, IT and security teams can now apply data-centric controls to sensitive files on the fly, including encryption, digital rights management, tracking and revocation, which continue to apply wherever the files travel. When traditional DLP identifies potentially sensitive data on the move, it is flagged for action. IT then has two choices: ignore it or block it. Blocking the data impedes workflows, but letting it go isn’t without risk. With WatchDox DLP integration, IT now has a third option: protect the data on its way out. This solves the issue both internally and externally, protects workflows and supports secure external collaboration. For example, an organization could use the solution to protect an email attachment detected to be potentially sensitive. The file would still be delivered to the recipient, but would be controlled, tracked and even be revocable were IT to find that it should not have been shared.

As businesses continue to create, share and store data, the issue of managing and protecting sensitive information is compounded. The rise of EFSS and cloud repositories has only added to this challenge. As a result, DLP solutions capture the highest and fastest growing share of information security budgets, according to Gartner.

For other repositories that may contain sensitive information, such as file shares or SharePoint, the integration enables sensitive data protection at scale. For example, an organization subject to PCI compliance could scan millions of files, and automatically encrypt and apply DRM and tracking to every file that was found to contain cardholder data. Those files would then generate access logs to facilitate compliance with the audit log-focused requirement 10 of the PCI Standard.

“DLP is great at finding sensitive data, but historically it’s been hard to take action to protect that data without blocking someone’s workflow,” says Ryan Kalember, chief product officer at WatchDox. “Through this integration, organizations can keep their workflows intact, while still securing the data, even when the sensitive data is involved in an external collaboration or on an unmanaged mobile device.”

This new integration complements an earlier integration that enabled Symantec DLP to scan files shared, sent or synced via WatchDox. This functionality, first deployed at a global financial institution, is available for all customers of WatchDox Enterprise.

About WatchDox 
WatchDox is the leading secure enterprise file-sync-and-share (EFSS) solution, enabling users to share, work with and control their files on every device. Available as SaaS, a virtual appliance or a hybrid, the award-winning WatchDox platform provides a single pane of glass to work with personal and enterprise content, uniquely combining consumer-style app interfaces with security that can be dialed up to suit any enterprise use case. More than 100 of the Fortune 1000 – including the largest civilian federal agencies, six of the top private equity firms and most of the six major Hollywood studios, healthcare firms and manufacturers – depend on WatchDox secure file-sharing solutions. For more information, please visit:

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