MyWorkDrive featured in Tech Republic

MyWorkDrive featured in Tech Republic

 

MyWorkDrive’s Chief Marketing Officer, Jackie Rednour-Bruckman was recently asked by Tech Republic- What Are the Best Data Center Upgrades? You can buy a bunch of hardware and software but first and foremost you must decide on your data protection and data leak prevention strategy. Adding MyWorkDrive’s solution to your infrastructure is fast and easy and should be strongly considered if your enterprise is worried about data protection and secure remote access.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/best-data-center-upgrades-for-2019/

Citrix ShareFile Alternative

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MyWorkDrive ShareFile Alternative

Unlike ShareFile, MyWorkDrive integrates exclusively and natively into an existing Windows File Share infrastructure.   MyWorkDrive is built from the ground up to integrate exclusively with Windows Active Directory and NTFS File Shares with no changes to work processes or traditional mapped drives clients.  With MyWorkDrive, enterprises can simply and easily provide secure remote file access to their users in minutes without migrating data or compromising security.

No migration

Unlike ShareFile, MyWorkDrive works side by side with Windows File Shares in place – at no time are any files stored on the MyWorkDrive servers.  Enterprises can deploy MyWorkDrive without fears files being stored in proprietary databases or cloud storage providers.

No databases

Unlike ShareFile, MyWorkDrive exclusively uses existing active directory users, group and NTFS permissions to provision users.  No files are stored in any databases, nor are any additional administration of users, database backup software licenses or management needed when integrating MyWorkDrive.

Network Share file locking

With our native file locking integration, users can continue to use traditional mapped drive clients and files are properly locked alongside our Web, Mobile, or Desktop clients. With Sharefile, clients must be migrated to ShareFile only clients to properly lock and interact with network shares alongside other users.

Mobile Office Document Editing

Only MyWorkDrive has the ability to edit documents in native Office Apps for iOS mobile stored on Local File Shares.

Reduced Administration

Sharefile imports Active Directory users and groups into a database and requires manual management of license keys. With MyWorkDrive, Active Directory is native and licenses are automatically provisioned and deprovisioned as users drop off after 30 days.

Better Web Browser Client

With MyWorkDrive users view and edit files in our beautiful file explorer style interface, greatly reducing training and support costs.

Security

MyWorkDrive exclusively uses built-in Windows NTFS and Access Based enumeration security for Windows shares that run under the user’s login context, as such no login information or access to files are ever stored in a database or used by MyWorkDrive.  ShareFile can connect to Windows File shares, but also hosts user password hashes in a database to provide the ability to search and access files on network shares.

Citrix ShareFile

Upgrade or new setup: Bottom line – it’s expensive and it’s complicated. There’s a lot of overhead and it requires an army of engineers to support.  There are other factors as well that contribute to making MyWorkDrive your easy file share remote access alternative.  Some additional factors to consider and flush out before choosing what path to take when enabling secure file remote access and secure file sharing include:

  • Licensing: Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop run on Microsoft RDS, making it necessary for companies to buy and maintain licenses for both. Plus, all Citrix environments need some up-front investment in hardware.  Citrix ShareFile requires licensing for both ShareFile and NetScaler
    Complexity: Citrix technology is not cloud-native, and its components are siloed, meaning that multiple consoles are necessary to manage the environment.
    Overhead: Not only do administrators have to manage and update the underlying infrastructure, they have to update every endpoint through the locally-installed Citrix Receiver client. RDP comes installed on every PC enabling automatic updates.
    Expertise: Citrix admins aren’t cheap, and you need a significant squad to make the technology work.
    Performance: While we acknowledge the high quality of Citrix’ HDX media suite, it isn’t necessary for most desktop use cases today.
    End-user Training: Very expensive, time consuming and complex.

End of Life and support for XenApp 7.0 expired in June of 2018.  XenApp 6.5 support was sunsetted in 2016 so if you are still on it then by this time you are indeed playing Russian roulette with your files from a data security and data leak prevention perspective.

Because Citrix VPN, Citrix ShareFile, and XenApp apps are no longer supported, many CIOs are facing a dilemma: migrate to another cloud storage file sync provider or embark on a completely new trajectory for all enterprise file share remote access and content collaboration requiring complex file migrations. But what cloud platform?

There are many providers billing themselves as a VPN alternative but they are still a public cloud storage and/or content collaboration platform requiring complex file migrations. You could have one of your requirements be that you want complete control over your workflow management and email client portal and yet you would still be relying on someone else’s server or proprietary database to store your company files.

Citrix Sharefile as many know is a file sharing and managed file transfer (MFT) service that relies on the cloud. Or rather Citrix users rely on cloud computing technology. One of the pitfalls of Sharefile is that encrypted email is unavailable for lower tier subscribers and you can’t restrict ‘view only’ mode. For certain industries this become problematic especially government, financial, and healthcare sectors.

Many firms also rely on Citrix remote desktop services but again, you have to maintain not only your VPN and firewall but a farm of virtual desktops as well which must all be secured and patched creating a huge support burden and expense on the IT budget line each year. You can also enable two-factor authentication with Citrix Sharefile or RDS for an added layer of security but still there remains an open pipe to your data that bad actors can exploit and compromise. You can also combine more layers with Cisco VPN but again, another point of failure for hackers hell bent on going after your network.

Sharefile announced EOL of their current version this past June of 2018, and the new version requires Server upgrades from 2008 to 2012 R2 or higher, anything remaining on old platforms will not be supported as of the end of this year 2018.   Additionally, Citrix is requiring purchase of a NetScaler Load Balancer and ‘tuning up’ current licensing. This upgrade (which is really a migration) is very costly, and quite an endeavor and very complex. The actual ‘How To Manual’ is a 1000 page PDF!

IT Consultants are very happy to assist in the migration of old Citrix ShareFile and RDP products for enterprises with unlimited budgets – for hefty consulting fees.   You will also need to factor in costs for hardware and software upgrades to run it all on. MyWorkDrive can provide a better, more secure remote file access set up across your Network Shares at a fraction of the cost per user without costly migrations of file share or new hardware. You also don’t have to allocate precious resources, time, and money towards migration projects. What are the costs? For even the smallest installations consider some of these line items:

Citrix ShareFile Licenses & Support:

Citrix UPG XENAPP Ent from ADV 1U conc conn licenses

Citrix NetScaler gateway ENT VXP License & Maintenance

XENAPP Ent 1 conn user easy license

CSS Select XENAPP Ent X1 concur US support 1yr /yr/user
Citrix NetScaler Gateway ENT VXP License & Maintenance
CSS Select NetScaler Gateway ENT VPX Maintenance 1yr
LIC/SA OLP Windows Server Standard 2016 2-core
LIC/SA OLP Windows RDS CAL 2016 NL User

Hardware:
Multiple Intel® Xeon™ Processor at 3.4GHz/2MB Cache, 800MH

Labor:
Build W2012 R2 Server for Install and Config of Citrix
Install Storefront/Delivery Controller & XenApp Adv Server
Install and Configure New NetScaler Gateway Ent

Install all Applications and Programs

User Training, Data Migration…

 

Have your eyes glazed over yet? What really is the dilemma with using Citrix for remote desktop and secure file remote access?

According to the Parallels.com blog dating as far back as 2008- “This means customers will not receive any patches or support after the EOM and EOL period, respectively. As the flagship product of Citrix, Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) enjoys a larger customer base than other Citrix products. Because the majority of corporate environments are still working on Windows Server 2008 R2, the customer’s only option is to upgrade both the underlying Microsoft operation systems and the Citrix product to the newer version. Alternatively, customers can continue with the unsupported 2008 R2 environment, which is far from ideal. Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) is a customer-facing product that delivers services outside the network to a range of devices and users including home users, mobile users, and other computing devices. Without proper maintenance, a virtual environment cannot remain robust and reliable.  Customers require full maintenance and support when it comes to delivery of their critical line-of-business applications.”

Now that was from 2008. It’s now over ten years later how many companies are still on EOL products? It’s a scary answer to admit to. Decisions have to be made and if you want to set up a hybrid cloud type of environment or a complete private cloud environment then MyWorkDrive becomes the clear winner hands down. MyWorkDrive is easy to install, easy learning curve for users to adapt to, and fast to get up and running. Don’t migrate, start to collaborate and instantly share files and allow editing online easily again without VPN, syncing, or complex Citrix migrations.

Sharefile Alternative

Administrator of organizations using Citrix ShareFile or RDP connection specifically to access files remotely, should strongly check out MyWorkDrive as a viable alternative.  MyWorkDrive is known as a VPN alternative where you can cloudify the existing file shares located in your own data center, grant users remote access permissions and manage multiple devices easily utilizing existing NTFS permissions and an enterprise’s current IT infrastructure with windows active directory.

MyWorkDrive allows secure file remote access without VPN, syncing, or migrating to the cloud or new systems. Your files, your data, and your data center become your own private cloud instantly allowing users to remotely edit and share files simply and securely side by side with your existing mapped drive users without migrating files or storing them in the cloud.  With MyWorkDrive version 5.1 you can do it even faster and more securely with encrypted view, data leak prevention, duo authentication, and more.  With MyWorkDrive support costs are dramatically lower than Citrix products. Support and training costs per user/year alone make the business case.

 

How to Prevent Data Leaks in a Collaborative World – MyWorkDrive Version 5 Review

MyWorkDrive is honored to have been reviewed by StorageSwiss for our new data leak file share security options now available in version 5.  The team has worked very hard to bring these new features to the market and we are excited to solve the secure file share remote access problem for enterprises.  Read the review..

MyWorkDrive Launches Version 5 at Gartner Symposium

MyWorkDrive, a leader in private cloud secure remote file access, will debut new enhanced security file remote access features at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, in Emerging Technologies, October 14-18, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.

MyWorkDrive is a software-only solution for secure remote access to in-house file servers from anywhere for any device. Users gain access in minutes without Sync, VPN, RDP or migrating data. IT leaders looking for a cloud-like file sharing solution can rely on MyWorkDrive’s ransomware protection, data leak protection (DLP), data governance compliance (FIPS, HIPAA, FINRA, GDPR) and enhanced Office 365 real-time online collaboration, with a lower total cost of ownership in comparison to other solutions.

“Our growth is an excellent indicator of the need for secure private cloud file access without VPN or complex cloud migrations” said Dan Gordon, CEO, MyWorkDrive. “Our customers are embracing our new security features rolled out in Version 5. We strive to meet the rigorous security requirements for the enterprise to enable them to meet the demands of the Digital Workplace.”

MyWorkDrive connects to Windows Active Directory and enables instant online collaboration and editing with Office 365 using Duo’s Unified Access Security (UAS) authentication. The release of Version 5 includes robust security updates including:

  • Encrypted views of locked down documents
  • Over 60 available file types to view in the browser without downloading
  • Watermarking of all files to prevent printing and screen photos
  • File access without the ability to download, print or copy to a clipboard
  • File extensions can be blocked or approved increasing ransomware protection
  • Direct online access to Office 365 documents
  • Prevention of password saving

Stop by booth ET12, in the Emerging Technology section or attend an informative session on October 17, 2018.

Session: Think Outside the Cloud
Speaker: Dan Gordon, CEO of MyWorkDrive
When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6:00 pm
Where: Stage 4, Pacific Terrace

About Gartner Symposium/ITxpo
Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives. This event delivers independent and objective content with the authority and weight of the world’s leading IT research and advisory experts and provides access to the latest solutions from key technology providers. CIOs and IT executives rely on Gartner Symposium/ITxpo to gain insight into how their organizations can use IT to address business challenges and improve operational efficiency. For more information, please visit https://www.gartner.com/us/symposium.

About MyWorkDrive
MyWorkDrive provides a software-only, on-premise data center solution for secure remote file access from anywhere for any device. Users gain access in minutes without Sync, VPN, RDP or migrating data. MyWorkDrive is for IT leaders looking for a cloud-like file sharing solution that has ransomware protection & DLP, facilitates data governance compliance (FIPS, HIPAA, FINRA, GDPR), enhances Office 365 real-time online collaboration, with a lower total cost of ownership. MyWorkDrive’s rapidly-growing customer base includes Oxford University, Loyola University, Habitat for Humanity, the United Way and the Boston Celtics. MyWorkDrive is privately held, based in San Francisco, California and a product and dba of Wanpath LLC. Visit us at https://www.myworkdrive.com.

MyWorkDrive Version 5 Released to Production

We are pleased to announce version 5 of MyWorkDrive is now available for full production download.  We have dubbed this our “Security Update” and released it as version 5 as it’s the most robust security release in the history of the company.  MyWorkDrive CEO Dan Gordon says, “We are proud of Version 5 and happy to offer major security updates including a new critical feature that allows encrypted views of locked down documents and sixty other file types in MyWorkDrive’s web browser client. Version 5 also prevents a user from downloading, printing or copying with watermarking text overlays and extensive logging. Our clients asked for critical security enhancements and we are happy to deliver them.”

Watch the Webinar

 

 

New Version 5 features

Web Browser Client

  • View 60+ file types in the browser without downloading
  • Data Leak Prevention Features: Access files while preventing downloads, clipboard copy or printing
  • Watermarking of all files to prevent printing and screen photos

Mapped Drive

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Mobile

  • Mobile Browser Client Improvements
  • Open documents for viewing without needing Office in Mobile Apps

Numerous enhancements and fixes – Release notes are here.

 

To Download Login to our portal here.

*Upgrade note: Existing customers can upgrade for free in place.

Questions? Need a trial extension? Email us at sales@myworkdrive.com or Phone: 877-705-4997

Why MyWorkDrive?

Version 5 continues our strident efforts on providing data leak prevention best practices and governance compliance with many security enhancements especially tailored to the Government, Healthcare, Financial, and Educational sectors.  MyWorkDrive connects to your Windows Active Directory and enables instant secure online collaboration and editing with O365 using active directory and optional Duo.com two factor authentication.  You own your data, no third-party cloud migration needed with a secure web client, desktop mapped drive, or iOS and android app enabled editing.  MyWorkDrive is easy to install and manage for multiple stakeholders in various remote locations.  Major regulatory compliance standards including HIPAA, GDPR, FINRA, and FIPS are easily attained while using MyWorkDrive to securely access and share files for Enterprise agility, efficiency, and lower cost of ownership.

The mobile workplace is a reality that every CTO knows that involves multiple stakeholders across various time zones and locations who need to collaborate often in real time. As we have heard in the headlines, one simple click on a wrong link in a phishing type email could compromise an entire network’s security, an enterprise’s brand reputation, eradicate customer loyalty, or render an institution’s governance compliance null and void. Conventional remote access via VPNs do not guarantee privacy and are expensive to maintain. MyWorkDrive’s Version 5 solves critical data protection problems.

 

MyWorkDrive releases version 5!

Secure Remote File Access Start Up Releases Major Security Update in latest version

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 5th, 2018 (San Francisco, CA)

 

MyWorkDrive– the San Francisco based startup with the patented Enterprise application enabling secure remote file access without VPNs or cloud migration announces its most robust security release in the history of the company. Version 5 continues their strident efforts on providing data leak prevention best practices and governance compliance with many security enhancements especially tailored to the Government, Healthcare, Financial, and Educational sectors.

 

MyWorkDrive connects to your Windows Active Directory and enables instant secure online collaboration and editing with O365 using Duo.com authentication. You own your own data, no third-party cloud migration needed with a secure web client, desktop mapped drive, or iOS and android app enabled editing. MyWorkDrive is easy to install and manage for multiple stakeholders in various remote locations. Major regulatory compliance standards including HIPAA, GDPR, FINRA, and FIPS are easily attained while using MyWorkDrive to securely access and share files for Enterprise agility, efficiency, and lower cost of ownership.

 

CEO Dan Gordon says, “We are proud of Version 5 and happy to offer major security updates including a new critical feature that allows encrypted views of locked down documents and sixty other file types in MyWorkDrive’s web browser client. Version 5 also prevents a user from downloading, printing or copying with watermarking text overlays and extensive logging. Our clients asked for critical security enhancements and we are happy to deliver them.”

 

Along with watermarking and logging, Version 5 also offers download restriction, no clipboard copy, encrypted view mapped drive, file type blocking, open documents online directly from the mapped drive, and disable password saving. For DLP (Data Leak Prevention) just set it and forget it! No additional user management needed with active directory integration.

 

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 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 File Sharing

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

OwnCloud Alternative

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 of our latest version release at our booth.   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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