MyWorkDrive Version 5.2 Released to Preview/in blog, News /by MyWorkDrive Team
We are pleased to announce version 5.2 of MyWorkDrive server, Mobile and Windows client is now available for preview download. This release includes a major update that now supports logging in using ADFS/SAML from any device when connecting to server version 5.2. With this update secure remote access using Windows and Mobile Apps from any SAML provider […]
California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CACPA), Who, What, When, Where and Why?/in blog /by Bill Vann
Who Does the CaCPA Protect? Who must comply? Any consumer, defined as a “natural person who is a California resident.” This is further defined as: Any individual is in the state for any purpose that is not transitory or temporary Any individual who lives in the state but currently or occasionally is outside the state […]
GDPR Fines: Blood in the water. Who’s first?/in Compliance, GDPR /by Bill Vann
GDPR Fines Against Google The (CNIL), France’s data protection authority (DPA), has levied a €50 million ($57 million) fine against Google for violating the GDPR’s transparency, information, and consent requirements in deploying targeted advertisements. The largest fine by GDPR to date and the first involving a U.S. technology company was issued on January 21, 2019. […]
The Security Risks of Remote Work/in Remote Work /by Bill Vann
The Security Risks of Remote Work According to industry analyst Strategy Analytics: The global mobile workforce is set to increase from 1.52 billion in 2017, accounting for 39.3% of the global workforce, to 1.88 billion in 2023, accounting for 43.3% of the global workforce. Globalization will continue to drive the growth of mobile office workers […]
Secure Folders/in Cloud /by Dan Gordon
The Art of SAML/SSO and MFA/in blog /by Dan Gordon
Security Assertion Markup Language or SAML is well known by its function and not necessarily by its name or moniker. IT Managers use it on any given day possibly multiple times. With SAML multi device management becomes easier and less stressful and tedious. Simply put, you are able to sign on to one computer and access and perform security functions on other computers. In this current climate of data integrity worries and data leak prevention, being able to authenticate and authorize credentials is critical. SAML makes network security easier to manage.
SSO or Single Sign On is what any executive or front-line staff wants and needs for easy collaboration, streamlined workflow, and smooth operations as more staff work remotely. For example, if your core inventory management database is cloud based and your retail POS has a local server but they have an API that makes them talk to each other along with a dashboard that talks to an on premise file server with financials and you have a single sign on credential for all logins then you are not constantly having to remember passwords or create usernames and secure logins for every point of contact in your enterprise where operations and performance metrics live.
Some security experts’ shudder at the thought of a CEO keeping a post-it note in a drawer with passwords but before you snicker just remember that a lot of Network Security professionals don’t always use a password protector or authenticator either and are prone to losing cell phones at trade shows. You have one key to your front door and this lets you in every time. Don’t make things complicated.
Picture yourself at an airport sitting with your laptop with time to kill before boarding your business flight. On your laptop you have an icon you click open that you enter your single sign on credentials and bingo you are instantly in your home drive at the office and on the server at the colo. You are working at the speed at light and not missing a beat regarding the latest report just updated and saved on the server in the folder marked sales reports. Having a web dav client and being able to instantly, securely, and remotely access your files is a game changer. You can stay agile, productive, and efficient with your time. No need to text the IT desktop support back at HQ to find out who changed passwords all of the sudden or why you are locked out right now.
There is duo authentication which most gmail users are familiar with via entering a phone number to get a text with a code that you enter so you can add another layer of protection to signing in to your email account. MFA or Multi Factor Authentication adds yet more layers and added protections especially if the data you are sharing is critical, classified, and/or for certain eyes only. Many contractors in the government sector as well as in healthcare and research and development are well aware of MFA just like in banking where you have a safety security box locked in a vault behind the closed doors of a bank who also has an armed security guard at the door. Banks and financial institutions use MFA all the time.
You can live dangerously and have all your logins saved to your browser but what if you lose your laptop or you click open a link in an email that renders your machine kaput and has to be taken off the network immediately…what then? You should make a habit of clearing your cache, removing cookies, updating logins and securely storing them somewhere in your own vault of some kind whether that be a platform like LassPass or while also having your enterprise network architecture and data security protocol include SSO. You don’t want staff members being the master of your universe. Don’t make your IT Department lose sleep every night by making them chase down each and every staff member to get updated login credentials. That should be managed from top down. They can have their own passwords, but every platform and software used should have a master admin account that can access everything and that SAML and SSO should live with IT and Executive Management. Terming out an employee should not be a fire drill in getting your network back or worrying who still has access to what. Active Director integrated with Windows File Server Shares should be managed concurrently, and onboarding or terming staff should have the same consistent protocol each time. You need to be able to pull the plug so to speak on all logins at all touch points to the system based on what level or what clearance the employee had. If you have it related to SSL or NTFS permissions, then it’s not a nightmare to manage. Adding another layer of MFA that you are able to control from internally is also an essential safeguard.
On one side you have ease of use for the employee and on the other side you have ease of control on the management side. Your user base will be very happy being able to log on to all aspects of operations with one sign on credential even if it means they have to enter a code that is generated to their cell phone with a text alert when logging in. Again, this level of security depends on what is being accessed and what permission has been granted to staff member.
What constitutes a work stoppage? Someone can’t get their email? That’s inconvenient but not a reason to fold your arms in your lap and plan on catching the early train home. With SAML and/or SSO all you need is a browser and you are back in business accessing the information you need. It’s always good protocol and policy to have some kind of Multi Factor Authentication on your phone and mobile devices like tablets, etc. Think of it much like an Apple ID account. You have that added layer of having to use your thumbprint when downloading an app and then to purchase and set up an account you still need to enter your Apple ID. You want layers between you and someone else trying to steal your identity, hack your network, or corrupt your files. You also want it to be easy and fast to access your files. Use MyWorkDrive with any compliant SAML solution with streamlined setup of Azure AD, Okta and Onelogin. Add MFA or DUO as you need to and start working away from anywhere!
MyWorkDrive Awarded Patent for Innovative Secure File Access Relay/in News /by Dan Gordon
MyWorkDrive Awarded US Patent
Secure Remote Access VPN Alternative Start-Up Releases Patented Application
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 18th, 2018 (San Francisco, CA)
Wanpath LLC, the San Francisco based publisher of MyWorkDrive that enables secure file share access with data leak prevention has been awarded U.S. Patent, No. 9,985,930. MyWorkDrive also released version 5.1 continuing their strident efforts to provide data leak prevention best practices and data governance compliance with new security enhancements perfect for the Government, Healthcare, Financial, and Educational sectors.
The official patent issued is for ‘Reverse Proxy For Accessing Local Network Over the Internet.’ MyWorkDrive software runs in the customer’s own private cloud, connects to Windows Active Directory and enables instant secure file share remote access, online collaboration and editing with O365 while keeping files stored on their existing file shares. Customers control their own files with no third-party cloud or database migration needed. Files can be accessed securely using a desktop mapped drive, web file manager browser client, or with a mobile app. Installation and managing multiple stakeholders in various remote locations is easy with no changes to existing infrastructure. Regulatory compliance standards including HIPAA, GDPR, FINRA, and FIPS are attained while using MyWorkDrive to securely access and edit files for Enterprise agility, efficiency, lower cost of ownership and elimination of the security risks of legacy VPN clients.
CEO Dan Gordon says, “Our new patent for enabling on-premise connectivity without VPN’s is a technology breakthrough for our company and our customers. Secure file share remote access and the ability to collaborate free from the complexity and security risks of VPN’s from anywhere without migrating data to the cloud is the cornerstone of our success and strategic goal of helping our customers. This patent has allowed customers to instantly enable file share remote access and online collaboration in Office 365 using MyWorkDrive, which is a major a competitive differentiator for our platform.”
Along with watermarking, Version 5.1 offers download restriction, no clipboard copy, encrypted view mapped drive, file type blocking, open documents online directly from the mapped drive and easy single sign on SAML integration with Azure AD. Just set it and forget it. No additional user management needed.
MyWorkDrive is a product and dba of Wanpath LLC, founded in 2014 and based in San Francisco, CA. For Enterprise pricing visit MyWorkDrive.com
MyWorkDrive Version 5.1 Released to Production/in blog, News /by MyWorkDrive Team
We are pleased to announce version 5.1 of MyWorkDrive server and Windows client is now available for download. We are excited to include streamlined Azure AD/Office 365 Single Sign On (SSO) setup options, local document editing from the browser and a major update to our Windows Mapped Drive Client that greatly improves transfer speeds and login time.
MyWorkDrive CEO Dan Gordon says, “We are very excited to see these major improvements in speed and functionality with version 5.1 of MyWorkDrive Server and Windows Client. With these speed and functionality improvements, now more than ever, our customers can eliminate file share VPN costs and security concerns while enabling their users to work from anywhere.”
New Version 5.1 features
Web Browser Client
- Edit Documents from the browser using Local Office
- Local Document editing using ADFS/SAML SSO
- Improved support for ADFS and SAML SSO providers
- Dramatic speed improvement of 500% or more
- Multi-threaded downloads and customization
- New command line scripting options
- Pull company logo on first login and during scripted installs
- Server startup improvements
- Simplified SAML Single Sign-On Support for Azure AD
- Speed improvements and multi-threading
- Session Timeout Improvements
Numerous enhancements and fixes – Release notes are here.
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MyWorkDrive featured in Tech Republic/in File Server /by MyWorkDrive Team
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.