Hitachi Solutions America has announced a partnership with security-minded file-sharing company TitanFile.
The deal signals momentum for TitanFile, still virtually a start-up with one foot in Halifax and another in Waterloo. TitanFile just came out of the December 2-4 session of 48 Hours in the Valley, the biannual mentorship program put on by The C100 and co-sponsored by the Canadian Consulate in San Francisco designed to bring a cohort of early-stage Canadian companies down to Silicon Valley.
The Hitachi partnership will result in the co-creation of an “enhanced joint product” meant to address the security and mobility needs of enterprise-level employees facing the new reality of BYOD.
Yuji Nakagawa, vice-president of Security Solution Department for Hitachi Solutions America said of the deal with TitanFile, “Their technology maps perfectly to our portfolio of secure mobile collaboration solutions that power today’s distributed workforces. Additionally we are looking forward to accessing TitanFile’s customer base which will help us extend our reach into new verticals.”
Hitachi’s Credeon Cloud Data Protection iOS product offers encryption and decryption for files stored on Dropbox and similar cloud storage services, and also allows user access to the encryption key so that the third-party cloud service never has access to the unencrypted data. Credeon also permits multiple users to view a file without actually saving the file locally on their computer. A set of IT controls can be implemented by the user’s company, offering an organization control over who sees which files and allows generation of audit logs to keep track of user access.
The problem of file-sharing, especially given the growing trend of employees needing access to files off-site, is particularly sensitive for law firms, health professionals, educational institutions, government employees, or any other organization for whom privacy issues might inhibit the agility that other small-to-medium enterprises take for granted.
Allowing privacy-minded organizations to collaborate freely on remote files promises a productivity boost as workers are allowed to use their own devices to virtually access their workplace.