MyWorkDrive Awarded FIPS Security Certification

MyWorkDrive Awarded FIPS Security Certification

MyWorkDrive, the patented Data Leak Prevention tool that enables secure remote access for enterprise file sharing without migrating to the cloud announced today they are officially FIPS compliant.  FIPS stands for Federal Information Processing Standards. MyWorkDrive was awarded by the industry leader in providing rigorous testing and validation certificates, Aegisolve, Inc.

Being FIPS compliance adds to the list of MyWorkDrive’s list of data security compliance partners including Duo Security and SkyHigh CloudTrust.™ Along with FIPS and HIPAA, MyWorkDrive enables Enterprises to be GDPR, HIPAA, and FNRA compliant as well for data security and integrity.

“As an accredited laboratory (NVLAP Lab Code: 200802-0), we are pleased to report that MyWorkDrive has been issued FIPS 186-4 RSA algorithm validation certificate #3018 from the NIST CAVP” said Travis Spann, President and Laboratory Director Aegisolve, Inc. “This is a notable and newsworthy achievement.”

Dan Gordon, CEO and Co-Founder of MyWorkDrive adds, “Today, we have taken a significant step towards capturing the Enterprise market, of which the U.S. Federal Government is one of the largest. Achieving the industry-standard FIPS accreditation reinforces our Secure Enterprise File Remote Access Platform as a legitimate and trusted secure communications ecosystem for the United States Government. This accreditation provides a strong foundation for MyWorkDrive as a trusted provider offering our unique secure file share remote access platform to government organizations throughout the world.”

About Aegisolve:
AEGISOLVE is the industry leader in providing Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS 140-2) testing and validation certificates (NVLAP Lab Code: 200802-0). As an all-in-one solution, Aegisolve is the world’s first and only single-source supplier for Digital Cinema Initiatives CTP validations.

About MyWorkDrive:
MyWorkDrive is a product and dba of Wanpath LLC, founded in 2014 and based in San Francisco, CA. For Enterprise and Standard Edition visit MyWorkDrive

HIPAA Compliant Secure File Sharing Access

The Healthcare industry is a valued target for cyber criminals because of the information gleaned which includes social security numbers, medical histories, insurance information, email address, and more.  HIPAA and HITECH compliance standards ensure the privacy of personally identifiable information (PII).File Share HIPAA Compliance

Valuable targets include health insurers, healthcare providers, various entities who are service providers and insured individuals because on the black-market prices are higher for health records rather than just credit card numbers. Healthcare industry cyberattacks result in identity theft from files shares where more data can be stolen, your insurance information can be held hostage and major brute force attacks and phishing attacks are easy to carry out because with more information the attacks can seem more legitimate and easier to execute.

Similarly, when it comes to medical data correspondence it’s easy to get unsuspecting people to open the correspondence or respond to a malicious solicitation unknowingly.

The Healthcare industry is focused on total digital transformation more than ever.  Cybersecurity and data theft prevention of PII stored in file sharing systems must be at the forefront of an operational enterprise’s business priorities and they must plan accordingly like any big business and not carry out initiatives like a minor service provider.

For most enterprises who provide medical benefits to employees, most of the interaction is with the actual broker and insurance provider or aggregator including major HMOs who have their own apps for health information file sharing which can be easily compromised.

Data Theft Prevention to comply with HIPAA and HITECH needs to start with deciding what files will be preserved and migrated to critical file servers.  As with any digital transformation endeavor, the first stage is deciding what files to keep, how to categorize that information and finally to prioritize it all.

Consider this typical patient scenario:  Unless you are able to visit your family doctor who has treated you since you were a child, you know you are only as relevant as the latest medical information uploaded and entered into your ‘file’ and even then there are always corrections needed.  Your last doctor visit may have included checking in to the appropriate department and building by swiping your medical card which then brought up a plethora of information to the admin person running the front desk.  Any balance still owed to the provider and any co-pay payment was promptly taken care of before waiting to see the doctor.  At this point you are then inserting or swiping a credit or debit card in a payment terminal and entering a PIN number if necessary and approving the transaction. You are then shuttled to the appropriate exam room and then wait again for another person to enter, confirm your information on a portable wall mounted computer and then proceed to take your vitals and enter them into the digital chart open in front of them. Any medications are confirmed and re-ordered as necessary to be filled at the pharmacy of your choice and then you wait again for the actual doctor to follow through on the exam you made the appointment for.

Your chart and medical history and personal information is confirmed yet again and more info is entered about you including an email address where you can be corresponded with and contacted.  If you have a medical provider HMO like Kaiser then you visit the pharmacy in the same building and swipe all your personal information yet again.

Additionally, you have made several points of contact and given them everything but a pint of blood or your first born. But wait! What if you did have a child at this hospital? They do have your first child’s info and probably your blood type and then lab results on any of your blood taken. Maybe you had a certain genetic test ordered as well for cancer prevention.  At this point, literally your entire life, your chromosomes, your blood, your prescriptions, everything that makes up YOU is stored in a computer or computers and your only protection or guarantee that all of this will remain private is how well this particular healthcare enterprise has put some kind of firewall between your critical information and any cybercriminal with a keyboard who makes their living on the black market of ransomware, brute force attacks, phishing, and exploiting any weakness possible. A stolen credit card number spending spree has nothing on a healthcare provider falling victim to a calculated file share cyberattack targeting Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

Besides deciding on what data must be migrated and preserved then the issue becomes one of monitoring and controlling and being constantly vigilant.  Data theft prevention and Disaster Recovery planning becomes a full-time job whether it’s employing staff and/or engaging resources and providers to be at the ready for solutions to mitigate any known or unforeseen pending threat.  Healthcare professionals, insurers, doctors, nurses, and medical staff are trained to be the epitome of trust however what happens to an institution or healthcare brand hit with a major attack like what happened to credit score companies like Experian? They will lose customers.   In the United States, patients are customers and customers have choices of providers.

For affordable health care exchanges, a simple hack of the enrollment web site would render some State governments into a complete state of chaos and an already burdened system is not too big to fail and if enrollment drops off then costs soar. Emergency rooms become the main source of medical care and even then, there is no guarantee of adequate care.  In other words, the Healthcare industry in this country is ripe for a major attack and it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.

So, what to do? First off, don’t panic and then you need to engage trusted partners to help you navigate the quagmire of data loss prevention, data theft, and data protection. There are laws already governing medical privacy including the well-known HIPAA that is the gold standard for all things concerning patient’s privacy. HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Also known as the HIPAA Act for short. It’s a US privacy law put in place to protect medical information including patients’ records and allow for confidential communication between patients and medical professionals. The HIPAA Act has many components including portability of medical coverage in case of job status change and to prevent fraud and abuse and mandate a set of universal standards that the Department of Health and Human Services has jurisdiction over. The main component that is most well known in the data security business and enterprise employment rules and regulations is the right of patients’ medical history and information –  No matter what.

Being HIPAA compliant is understandably the number one goal and that compliance is regulated so it must be controlled and monitored constantly and checks and balances must be put in place and regularly used. There’s no such thing as being mostly HIPAA or HITECH compliant. On the heels of regulation additional service providers have stepped up to fill the void of data security where the need of most healthcare institutions is treating patients – not data privacy file share protection. The healthcare industry is already rife with critical obstacles and now is exploding as everyone is trying to streamline and become totally digital and have information shared easily across multiple platforms or those multiple platforms being coalesced into a single storage provider. Healthcare related Start Ups are popping up everywhere and are ubiquitous and plentiful wherever Venture Capital investors and interested parties are gathering because of the urgent need for major disruption in the industry behemoth.  Apps and online accounts are replacing advise nurses and mailed post card appointment reminders. Several app Start Ups in the Healthcare sector are seeking to be the go to woven fabric or data aggregator that joins the ecosystem of a patients’ medical history and ongoing care across several providers and platforms.

But who stores these company files and keeps this data from getting into the wrong hands? Several cloud storage providers have made their services known by targeting this industry with very expensive advertising campaigns. Cloud storage and cloud-based file share servers are more popular than ever but just because technology has streamlined, organized, and centralized, does that mean that several industries must follow suit and hand over their critical digital assets for outside ownership and storage just because it’s easier now?

Take a step back and picture the doctor’s office of days of not so old. Rows and rows and rows of manila folders full of paper and test results and meticulous notes stacked from floor to ceiling and categorized by year and alphabetized by patients’ last names. Imagine if a truck pulled up and took all those files and then drove thousands of miles away and loaded them all into a warehouse and then told you not to worry, that they have industrial locks on the doors and a climate-controlled environment and that there are guards on duty 24/7. The only way you can access the files are by opening a computer screen and typing some words or numbers into a search box and hope the right search result comes up with the best information. Now imagine that the power goes out, the warehouse has a disastrous fire, or armed thieves break in and run off with all the manila folders and sell them to the highest bidder who can never be traced, then what?

Healthcare service providers and insurers and medical institutions are in the business of providing the best care possible to customers who qualify based on cost and services provided. They are in the business of making people well and preventing disease and curing the sick and conducting research to combat the latest real-world viruses. They are not in the business of constantly upkeeping and transferring and sharing files across the country in the most secure way possible and having to worry about computer viruses – Until now. There is no excuse for any modern PPO, HMO, EPO, POS, or private practice specialist to not have a HIPAA & HITECH compliant file share theft prevention and disaster recovery system in place.  That includes State and Federal governments who monitor and administer exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

Major enterprises including HMOs and Government entities that administer healthcare exchanges are in desperate need of consolidating systems and having a data security tool that allows on premise users to access and share data remotely as needed with guaranteed secure access and mandated HIPAA and HITECH privacy precautions in place. If disaster strikes and a cloud storage provider is hacked, or data is breached somehow these users should be redirected to an on-premise server and/or standby server that has been backing up and storing data. With an encrypted secure tool, users could instantly access that data by using a secure web login, a local active directory mapped drive or a mobile app and instantly be still in business and have a patients’ info at the ready while maintaining security.  MyWorkDrive.com provides this extra layer of protection, privacy, and recovery.  An army of IT staff does not have to be employed ongoing and deployed at every instance or issue of downtime or data loss.  MyWorkDrive has recently been certified as a DUO Authentication partner, Skyhigh Cloud Trust Enterprise Cloud Ready and the US Federal Government FIPS encryption standards and now offers encrypted view and watermarking of all files preventing users from downloading, copying or printing files as an added layer of data theft prevention   No files are ever stored, migrated or processed by MyWorkDrive – All files remain stored on the customers own secure file shares.

There are many choices for cloud storage and file sharing including huge providers like AWS and Google Drive and smaller players as well including Egnyte and Sharecloud.  None of these providers can guarantee absolute total compliance and by their very nature of being cloud based and depending on shared cloud storage and mobile user management to secure files. If you are in the Healthcare provider business or a government institution mandating and monitoring the healthcare industry you need a data security tool that will do what no one else is able to do including OneDrive, Dropbox and Azure cloud.  You need total control over data storage, access, ownership, privacy, management, and recovery.  MyWorkDrive allows flexibility, lower cost of ownership, agility, more productivity, and guaranteed privacy so you can focus on the core competence of your practice. There is no need to compromise and go with a cloud-based file storage solution with MyWorkDrive.  If you are going to go with a cloud-based solution then you need to take a long hard look at the best plan of action for disaster recovery, file security, ownership and control.  Again, it’s not a matter of if PII information is leaked, it’s a matter of when.   In healthcare, prevention is the mantra as it should be.  Your patients’ medical information and data privacy should be no exception.

 

 

 

 

MyWorkDrive announces partnership with Duo Security

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 6, 2018 (San Francisco, CA)

DUO MyWorkDrive

MyWorkDrive, the Data Leak Prevention tool that enables secure remote access for Enterprise file sharing and editing while remaining compliant with various data security regulations including GDPR, announces today official integration with Duo Security, the leading provider of unified access security and multi-factor authentication.

MyWorkDrive, a San Francisco based Start Up has worked hard perfecting their product offering to meet stringent data security standards and regulations. The company is very happy to offer their customer base the best-in-class authentication that Duo offers.

MyWorkDrive CEO Dan Gordon says- “We are proud to be able to offer Duo’s patented Push two-factor authentication (2FA) to add enhanced security and usability for our clients. By combining MyWorkDrive with Duo, our customers have access to an added layer of protection for their Windows File Shares from anywhere.”

HIPAA, FNRA, FIPS, GDPR, and CaCPA2018 compliance continues robustly with Enterprise on prem digital assets using MyWorkDrive on a networked mapped drive, secure web browser login, or via an app in iOS or Android anytime from anywhere. With Version 5, MyWorkDrive customers have access to even more enhanced security and Data Leak Prevention features without having to maintain VPNs or migrate their file shares to the cloud.

Duo’s 2FA technology only requires one tap on a smartphone to prove a user’s identity. Individuals can register their devices with Duo in minutes – without an agent installed on their phone. Full organizational deployment takes days, not weeks or months. As a Duo Ready Partner, MyWorkDrive can provide seamless protection for customers against phishing attacks and weak or stolen passwords.

“As more information migrates to the cloud, users expect ease-of-use and security,” said Ruoting Sun, head of technology partnerships at Duo. “With Duo and MyWorkDrive, organizations have access to a simple and effective solution — without sacrificing accessibility. Most organizations on average see a 98 percent reduction in compromised accounts with Duo, while their employees have the freedom to access what they need, wherever they are.”

MyWorkDrive is redefining Enterprise File Sharing and Content Collaboration for critical sectors including Healthcare, Education, Government, and Financial institutions. MyWorkDrive employs the 5 C’s of success as an alternative to standard file share cloud services: Compliance, Control, lower Cost of Ownership, Cloud Capabilities, and instant Collaboration.

MyWorkDrive is a product and dba of Wanpath LLC, founded in 2014 and based in San Francisco, CA. For Enterprise and Standard Edition visit MyWorkDrive

Private Cloud vs Public Cloud: Secure File Sharing and Data Security in 2018

Private Cloud

Private Cloud and Public Cloud – what’s the difference and why should you care?   Your photos are in iCloud, your music is in iTunes, your documents are on Google Drive, your work email is in Outlook, your Excel spread sheets are in One Drive via your office network, you have web hosting solutions with Amazon Web Services, your books are on Audible, your car payment, electric bill, mortgage if you own a house are on automatic pay via your service providers’ access to your online checking account, your favorite movies are on demand or streaming, and your house is run by Alexa.  Basically, your entire personal and professional life is in the Public Cloud. The Cloud is everywhere. But at the end of the day, the Cloud is just someone else’s server.  What happens when VPNs leak data or ransomware runs amok? Geeky insular terms like ‘botnets’, ‘DDoS’, and ‘Malware’ have become the new science fiction buzz words in popular culture and have replaced the old generic term ‘spam’ which doesn’t sound as fierce as the term ‘hacking.’  People have come to expect random messages from friends or family members stating their Facebook account was hacked and to not accept a recent invite or ‘my gmail was hacked’ so don’t respond to an email from me.  The alarm bells have already gone off regarding the energy grid being attacked in a cyber war and there are popular TV series and movies based on post-apocalyptic society fighting over resources.

Most of our devices have been made elsewhere including factories in countries where intellectual property and patents are not as protected and regulated like they are here in the United States. Cell phones may be personal and always kept in your private possession but when you are carrying a mini computer in your pocket and using wifi all the time you are not private and you are not secure.  Short of carrying an old-fashioned flip phone, having your own exchange server behind your own firewall or paying all your bills using the US postal service, what can you do?

Keep data in your own Private Cloud. What is a private Cloud? According to Gartner, Private Cloud Computing is a form of cloud computing that is used by only one organization, or in other words- a private cloud ensures that an organization’s critical digital assets are completely isolated from others.  Learn more

Try to minimize how much you rely on public cloud services by keeping data in your own private cloud.  Lock down your passwords and do not click on any link or email you are not sure about.  Keep all your critical digital data assets on premise and secure your on premise data servers with back up virtual machines housed at a Tier 3 or Tier 4 collocation hosting facility.  Get MyWorkDrive to sit on your windows active directory and use it with an app and secure browser login to have secure remote access to your files without having to use VPNs or migrate your business files to the cloud.

You may have some initial start up costs but the lower monthly re-occurring costs will be well worth it as you watch everyone else around you get hacked, have data lost or stolen, or having to employ a disaster recovery service to stay competitive and relevant.

Content collaboration platforms have replaced enterprise file sync and share services, different name, same methodology. You create a document, you sync it and send it to a cloud to live. Your co-worker accesses the file, edits it and uploads new edited version back to the cloud.  Staying productive and efficient is any CEO’s dream but their number one goal is cost of ownership savings.  So why migrate when you ultimately just want to collaborate? This is a business question that must be answered clearly and succinctly.  VPNs cost a lot to maintain and upgrade and 3 year licenses may save some money in the long run but we have done a deep dive on the actual annual spend to support VPNs for an Enterprise with 1000 or more users.   You are looking at potentially spending $260,800/year!   That doesn’t even factor in the cost of mobile device management and constant vigilance by the IT department as well as the costs of seats and admin permissions for various portals you are using on any given day.

Cyber security professionals have predicted that within the next 5 years we will experience some kind of frightening attack that will disrupt life as we know it and render your cloud files absolutely useless.

Data security needs has led to data regulation compliance where simply relying on another company’s servers may not be good enough anymore. What happens when cloud providers go down or a hostile enemy holds data for ransom? Months or years’ worth of work and critical digital assets get lost or stolen.

If you run a design company your file share needs may vary. But what if you are running a research lab or a government defense project? Data security is relevant and always critical.  Every eCommerce operator knows that you must comply with data encryption for credit card numbers and customers’ data.  Other rules apply depending on the enterprises’ needs. The Healthcare industry must comply with HIPAA regulations.  Companies doing business with the EU have strict rules dictating general data protection regulation known as ‘GDPR.’  FNRA for the financial sector and on and on so that no one should assume that just because you use cloud storage for files that your cloud provider is also compliant with all data security regulations.

Top 10 reasons to keep data and secure file sharing under your control

  1. File sharing and content collaboration is key to company growth, productivity and staying agile.
  2. Current Cloud based file share solutions rely on Enterprises migrating all crucial assets to the Cloud.  These endeavors take months to plan and sometimes years to execute as budgets are revised and personnel and priorities can change.
  3. Clouds get hacked and ownership and control of data is lost.
  4. Mobile Device Management is time consuming and costly
  5. Data regulation compliance is a huge endeavor and costly
  6. Productivity is lost when files have to be synced before being shared
  7. Compliance- HIPAA, FNRA, GDPR, FERPA and more depending on sector and industry
  8. Agility- staying productive is key for staying competitive & relevant
  9. Collaboration- how to instantly edit and share online w/o syncing
  10. Productivity – critical time is consumed by migration projects. Who decides what gets saved to the Cloud?

 

Jackie R. Bruckman, CMO

MyWorkDrive

jbruckman@MyWorkDrive.com

Top 5 File Sharing Content Collaboration Risks

Organizations of all sizes are reviewing the impact of moving files to the cloud for content collaboration.   We put together these 5 risks of cloud based content collaboration.

Content Collaboraton

  1. Security– The number one risk facing any Enterprise that decides to put most, if not all their critical digital assets on a third-party cloud provider’s platform is security. ‘The Cloud’ after all is just some other company’s server.  Depending on the line of business or sector you are in, your Enterprise may use a mixture of several platforms for content collaboration among Enterprise users.  You may employ a mixture of private, public, and hybrid cloud services for day to day operations.  If you run an eCommerce business maybe you rely solely on AWS while managing your own Exchange server.  If you are a healthcare conglomerate you may use a mix of cloud providers that are HIPAA compliant as well as critical data hosted on-premise but managed by third party vendors.  Some financial firms and legal firms still use Google docs for content collaboration on cases and logging client attorney privileged information. Governments and Educational institutions are still relying on some mixture of on premise main frames with various communications living on cloud-based services and hybrids of networks having to be supported, updated, and maintained for running operations.  What happens when cloud providers are hacked?  Whether it’s malware, ransomware, data breaches, or outright data theft, the news is rife with scary headlines about data integrity loss and massive breaches whether it’s voting machines, financial records, personal information like social security numbers and credit cards, or private conversations that have severe repercussions.  The DNC, Sony Pictures, Equifax, and the Pentagon are just some of the victims of security breaches and data theft.  Worrying about security with cloud computing is not just worrying about identity theft, it’s also a matter of national security.
  2. Secure Access– most often you log in to content collaboration platforms with a username and password. These identifying factors are stored in the cloud computing service you are using and paying for on a monthly or annual basis.  Some providers give you the option of two factor authentication and it’s highly recommended to employ it for an added layer of security.  Setting up a text to your phone with a code to add when logging on is a great way to protect your login information.  But what happens when these third-party cloud providers get hacked?  Suddenly your user data and passwords are not controlled by you anymore and depending on the time it takes for disaster recovery or prevention and data loss mitigation, you are no longer compliant and you no longer have access to your most critical personal information.  Not being able to see your bank balance is one thing but also not being able to see your medical test results or purchase history is at best totally annoying and at worst, completely debilitating.  We have grown accustomed to even the most trusted partners sending an ominous message requesting you change your password immediately and we have learned the hard way to not trust that initial message as it may have come from a nefarious source.  As we have seen repeatedly, password change requests are often phishing from bad actors.  Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are added layers of what any IT Department must consider and factor in when maintaining and mitigating security risks.  The CEO wants to access files from their phones from any remote location and the CRM wants to be able to update customer accounts on the fly so there is no such thing as just a single point of failure across a network anymore.
  3. Data Ownership and Control– once you upload your data to the cloud, you are essentially giving up control and ownership of your data and critical files. For any kind of real content collaboration you are reliant on your files always be there and always being accessible.  You usually have to sync your files before you can share.  Enterprise File Sync and Share platforms are made to house your company assets whether you are a graphic design firm having to share images with clients or a company that relies on google drive as some of kind of data room to house passwords, share reporting across multiple stakeholders and locations or edit and collaborate with several different types of files whether it be Profit and Loss files, Excel spreadsheets or project management assets.  All these files may be yours or a mixture of yours and your various clients but at the end of the day you are not in control of these files and assets.  They are housed elsewhere and relying on VPN or remote access logins and licenses that are complicated in scope and cumbersome in any kind of recovery.
  4. Migration– data migration to the cloud is a huge project for most Enterprises. First, decisions have to be made around what will be migrated and synced and shared to the cloud. Folders and files have to be cleaned up, backed up, and servers that need to be decommissioned because they are too full, too old, or too vulnerable for whatever reason need to have their housed data live somewhere before they are sent to the hardware graveyard.  An entire Enterprise has to be restructured, analyzed, and strategized around best practices moving forward. How will be files be organized and what departments have access to what data ongoing are only part of what needs to be folded in as CTOs and CISOs draw up migration steps.   FNRA, HIPAA, and GDPR are only some of the regulations and compliance rules that dictate how data must be treated and shared in this modern digital age.  There may be a public server being utilized in any size Enterprise that allows departments and offices across geo locations and time zones to be able to access files and update them and share information but who decides what stays and what goes and how public that public server will remain.  Most companies need to stay agile to maintain growth and productivity and efficiencies can be lost during migration periods as files go missing or access is denied or remote VPNs no longer are happening the same way.  If a user base is not totally tech savvy then learning curves and new ways of conducting business have to be factored in as data migration projects kick off.
  5. Cost of Ownership– Step 4 reminds us that migrating to the cloud can be just as costly and cumbersome as relying on the cloud for normal operations. Most cloud service providers for content collaboration average about $20/license per month and that’s an average.  There are also added costs of support sometimes and premium services charged depending on the sector and needs of the business ongoing.  VPN maintenance ongoing for most Enterprises comprised of 500 to 1000 users cost on average around $288,000 per year.  Enterprises need to keep costs down as competition and innovation rule the game and company growth is paramount.  If you have to add yet another expense line item that includes IT budgets then productivity is compromised as any Enterprise may rely on several cloud providers for normal operations depending on where accounting, reporting, customer service, critical files, and more are housed. Access to all and communication between them is silo-ed and mutually exclusive depending on the nature of your business and how fast you have been growing.

MyWorkDrive is the answer to all these risks.  Security, secure remote access, migration, cost of ownership, and data control and ownership are all mitigated and risks diminished whether you maintain a private, public, or hybrid solution to content collaboration and cloud computing.  You don’t have to migrate, you pay less for each license, you are guaranteed secure access with tried and true NTFS permissions and no one single point of failure.  Your users can access data rooms from a mobile phone and edit instantly online.  No more having to sync in order to share. MyWorkDrive also offers Duo authentication and has been certified as a trusted partner with various vendors including Azure and Office365.  Stay agile and stay secure and keep your cost centers down as you seek to make your Enterprise stay competitive, relevant, and productive in this digital transformation age.  If your organization is a government regulated Enterprise or involved in Healthcare administration or a financial institution then all the more reason to check out MyWorkDrive.  No more VPN headaches and ongoing maintenance and renewals.  No more complicated remote logins or confusing approved access.  MyWorkDrive is easy to install, easy to login, and easy to start working immediately.  No more headaches around what to do with what file and what stays and what gets erased.  MyWorkDrive is a secure way to remote access your most important files and edit and collaborate online instantly with whoever you give permission to.  Using a secure browser login, a mapped drive from a network desktop, or a mobile login on an iPhone or Android keeps you connected, collaborating, and productive without massive costs, security risks, or migration worries as all data stays on your own servers under your control.

 

 

RSA Conference 2018 Takeaway: Cloud Computing Is Not Secure

Data security and privacy compliance regulation was top priority at RSAC2018 because of the EU’s GDPR deadline looming next month on May 25th. Last week San Francisco’s Moscone’s Center was host to the security show of all shows, RSA2018 with over 500 vendors and 40,000 attendees from all over the world.  One thing became very clear from all the exhibitors, keynotes, speakers, special programs, and podcasts – if you rely on the cloud then protecting your data and securing it is critical for file sharing.

As the only file sharing/file remote access software solution vendor at the RSAC show, MyWorkDrive had amazing feedback and an overwhelmingly positive response exhibiting and providing demos at our booth of our latest version release.   RSAC Broadcast Alley was host to MyWorkDrive’s CMO, Jackie R. Bruckman and MyWorkDrive’s CEO, Dan Gordon recorded live discussing all the ways MyWorkDrive can help Enterprise in all sectors stay secure and compliant.

MyWorkDrive met with decision makers and security professionals from all over the world and has been busy on-boarding new clients this week immediately following the show.   MyWorkDrive had an overwhelmingly positive response demonstrating our secure file share remote access solution at RSAC2018 for enterprises .   The overwhelming take away was that many Enterprises need MyWorkDrive to simplify their data security compliance for safe file sharing while making users more productive and reducing costs of support or migrations to new Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) systems.

The Cloud is only someone else’s server after all and it’s time for many sectors to think outside the cloud.   Windows file sharing with NTFS security is tried and true and may not be as glamorous but we are empowering Enterprises across the globe to make the right decision about their most critical data while making users more productive and eliminating the security risks of cloud storage.

MyWorkDrive Debuts GDPR & HIPAA Compliant File Share Tool at RSA Conference in SF April 16th – 20

The quintessential cybersecurity conference will be held in San Francisco’s Moscone Center next week, April 16th – 20th www.rsaconference.com 

MyWorkDrive, the secure file share application that enables Enterprises to securely access their data and collaborate without migration, VPNs, or syncing will be exhibiting and sharing version 4.1 that includes enhanced security features. 

Data security and regulation compliance requirements are more critical than ever and MyWorkDrive will be exhibiting at booth 2611 with free demos, free gifts, and a very special guest star greeting attendees. 

Join MyWorkDrive for the 2018 RSA Conference in booth 2611.  If you haven’t already registered, you can use MyWorkDrive’s code X8EMYWORKD for a free expo pass.
 

RSA Conference 2018 San Francisco April 16-20 

Expo Hours: 

  • Monday, April 16th – 5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 17th – 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 18th – 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Thursday, April 19th – 10:00am to 3:00pm

Don’t migrate. Collaborate. Secure File Sharing from Anywhere Anytime. No Syncing.  No VPN. No Data leaks. #GDPR#HIPAA#FNRA#RSAC @RSAConference  

 

MyWorkDrive releases version 4.1!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 3rd, 2018 (San Francisco, CA)

 

MyWorkDrive– the San Francisco based Start Up redefining file sharing and instant content collaboration, releases its most robust version this week to happy Enterprise partners worldwide. HIPAA, FNRA, and GDPR compliance is a breeze whether you are accessing your company’s digital assets from a mapped drive, web browser, or via an app in iOS.  New enhanced features in version 4.1 include:

Ability to Open and Edit CSV Files Online & Network Shortcuts, New Upload/Download Timeouts, and New Security Controls.

MyWorkDrive was recently featured in the industry expert online journal, StorageSwiss touting MyWorkDrive’s solution to the industry standard Enterprise File Sync and Share problems. Essentially MyWorkDrive cloudifies your own data center and allows remote users across your enterprise to access files instantly and easily and edit in real time by using a web browser login, a mapped drive, or an app for iOS on a phone or iPad.

The global Enterprise File Sharing and Synchronization (EFSS) market is currently valued at approximately 1.45 Billion USD and is projected to reach 8.59 Billion USD by 2025. EFSS providers are third-party cloud vendors who require an Enterprise to migrate all digital assets and files first and then sync before being able to share.  This is costly, time consuming, and frustrating as company agility, productivity, and growth are key drivers in this inter connected global marketplace.  Why migrate and be required to sync your files when your real priority is instant collaboration online?

“We are really happy with our improved security controls for all our Enterprise partners and their remote users using MyWorkDrive.  We know instant collaboration performed securely is paramount as we continue to be a trusted partner in file share alternatives.”

Dan Gordon CEO & Co-Founder of MyWorkDrive.

 

MyWorkDrive is a product and dba of Wanpath LLC, founded in 2014 and based in San Francisco, CA. For Enterprise and Standard Edition visit MyWorkDrive

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Cloud Computing and File Sharing in 2018

Cloud Computing File Sharing

Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) are now known as Content Collaboration Platforms (CCP).

“Gartner, the revered US based research firm, defines the Content Collaboration Platform (CCP) market as a range of content-centric platforms enabling secure file productivity and content collaboration for individuals and teams as well as supporting the creation of a modern digital workplace.”

Big names in the file share space have rebranded themselves to sound more productive and efficient but there is still an issue of clunky, cumbersome, and costly migrations and no instant access until syncing has happened. Even Sharepoint is being marketed as a web based collaborative platform.

Cloud Computing and File Sharing in 2018

It happens to all of us, from the board room to the mail room, you are on deadline and need to share a report update with a remote user across the Enterprise. You have been told by Legal and by IT to not send it via regular email. What to do?

Depending on who you talk to there are several different answers to that question. Production may tell you to just use Dropbox but then the important document is in Dropbox’s cloud and you have to login and sync and your recipient needs a Dropbox account to view it.

The Legal department says they just use Google Drive or Box. This is still uploading the document to a third-party cloud provider where the company loses control of their data and the recipient has to have a compatible account to view the document or be granted editing capabilities on the other end.  You still have a need to collaborate in real time. Google Drive may be free but you have to sync first to share it and migrate your data losing control, legal retention and ownership.  Box and other services are also an option but again require extensive planning, migration and cost $15 per user or higher.

Your CRM department may tell you how great Huddle or other web platform products are but again, you have to sync and migrate in order to share assets and the cost can go up to $15 to $20/user.

Stop wasting time and money and worrying about productivity and the cost of VPN support and maintenance and get MyWorkDrive. MyWorkDrive is easy to install, fast to implement, you don’t have to migrate your data, you will have secure access for any remote user with permissions, and cost effective especially for large enterprises.

Don’t migrate. Collaborate with MyWorkDrive anytime anywhere. For More Info: MyWorkDrive

Are you ready for GDPR Compliance?

EU GDPCompliance Deadline Fast Approaching

GDPR Compliance

Is your company’s data ready to meet the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance deadline on May 25th?  The EU has mandated that companies must comply or be fined heavily.  The pending GDPR compliance deadline isn’t on everyone’s minds like things were during the Y2K doomsday prophecies around 18 years ago.  But the first American company to be levied a huge fine will make headline news.  Data protection compliance on any level can send shudders through the global marketplace as viruses, data breaches, malware, and ransomware become more virulent and ubiquitous.  The simple mandate from the EU is to protect your data. Achieving that mandate quickly is not that easy if you have multiple stakeholders and headquarters and devices to manage.  The cost of ownership maintaining VPNs and Firewalls and hardware upgrades and the daunting project of migrating data to a cloud-based service to be compliant takes precious resources.

Don’t waste time and money. Get compliant with MyWorkDrive.

MyWorkDrive will ‘cloudify’ your data center and with a mapped drive you can access your files securely from anywhere anytime on a desktop, browser, or mobile app. Set permissions and Instantly collaborate, edit, and share your files with who you want to share with in real time.   No need for VPNs, migrating, syncing or sharing first.

All 28 EU countries are moving forward with enforcing compliance by May 25th, 2018.  GDPR compliance is a regulation where the EU will strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union.  The fines for not being compliant could reach 20 M Euros or 4% of global annual turnover for some companies. GDPR compliance should be taken extremely serious by any company doing business in this global marketplace. Have you identified your company’s risk level?

Contact MyWorkDrive now for a free trial and more info.   We have proudly partnered with several institutions including major universities, healthcare providers, City governments, tech and financial sectors.  We are ready to work for you.

Contact: Jackie Rednour-Bruckman Chief Marketing Officer MyWorkDrive jrbruckman@myworkdrive.com

MyWorkDrive is a product and dba of Wanpath LLC, founded in 2014 and based in San Francisco, CA. For Enterprise and Standard Edition visit MyWorkDrive

 

MyWorkDrive redefines Enterprise File Sharing

enterprise file sharing

MyWorkDrive is an innovative solution that is redefining how Enterprises access files and collaborate.

With MyWorkDrive, file sync-and-share systems are not needed; nor are outsourced cloud services.  MyWorkDrive uses your cloud and your data center as its collaboration hub.  With a simple set up, you are securely connected with a mapped tool that also works across all iOS and Mac platforms.  MyWorkDrive is a hybrid solution that allow users to instantly connect and edit online without having to first migrate or sync data.

The latest reports from Forrester Wave Research on “enterprise file sync-and-share” (EFSS) platforms confirm that by providing a viable, stable, and secure alternative, MyWorkDrive is poised to capture market share from powerful players like Google, Citrix, Dropbox, and Egnyte.

Referencing the highly respected Forrester report, a recent post in StorageNewsletter differentiates EFSS providers by the following key criteria:

  • Improved business agility
  • Lower aggregate costs
  • Fast and simple implementation
  • Ease of collaboration
  • Simplicity of maintenance
  • Strong user support (especially mobile and remote)

During 2018, 74% of global senior technology executives plan to implement, upgrade, or expand file share solutions to reduce risks associated with sensitive data.  Current file storage platforms are burdensome, expensive, and have significant hardware and mobile-device support requirements.  Thus, many enterprises are moving towards cloud platforms for sync-and-share file sharing to increase productivity and reduce costs…but cloud platforms require migration of data, extra maintenance and their own security mechanisms that carry significant viral and malware infections risks, as we all have recently witnessed with massive data breaches across all sectors.

From the financial sector to government to education and beyond, enterprises require a viable and secure solution that will enable their users to stay connected, stay secure, and stay productive on a global scale.  MyWorkDrive is that solution.

Furthermore, a critical deadline looming:  as of May 2018, the EU–via the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)–mandates that all customer/user data must be highly secure.   It is imperative that enterprises become compliant with GDPR security standards as soon as possible.   MyWorkDrive  is the answer.

MyWorkDrive will enable enterprises across the global marketplace to access and manage their data securely, instantly, and remotely on virtually any device or platform.

 

MyWorkDrive releases version 4.0!

MyWorkDrive is revolutionizing remote and mobile file sharing More Mobility More Security More Collaboration & More Productivity   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 5th, 2018 (San Francisco, CA) MyWorkDrive– the easiest and most secure file sharing product that allows remote access to files without having to sync or store data in a public cloud just shipped […]