CloudMask Launches Free Security Tool for Small and Medium Size Enterprises to Protect Data from Hackers

Thursday, January 22, 2015.

CloudMask, an innovator in masking data from malicious hackers, today launches a free tool to enable small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to gain better control of their data security, an essential component in the modern mobile business climate.

CloudMask believes that every organisation should have the right to determine what data they would like to protect, and what data they would like to share. High profile security breaches, growing mobile workforces, increased use of the cloud and new data privacy regulations are driving the need for users to control who can see their data.

The free beta is available as of today for securing email messages and attachments in Gmail. Additional packages will be available in the coming months for Outlook, Box, Google Drive, Salesforce and other popular cloud-based email and storage applications.

CloudMask’s release is an attempt to reduce the need for users to be dependent on complex security solutions and secure gateways to protect their data. CloudMask Secure Gmail is the first free product added to CloudMask's award winning enterprise-grade security solutions to fit the needs of SMEs, as well as consumers.

This new offering is unique in that it provides protection from the end device, not from the boundary of the organisation like many other solutions. It acts seamlessly across multiple applications, both in the cloud and on premise, and is the only technology that can be provisioned in a self-service model without relying on technical specialists or complicated hardware implementations.

"We want to give users full control over managing their sensitive data. Normal email messages and attachments can be intercepted or hacked before reaching the recipient, or even whilst they are sitting in your inbox. CloudMask encrypts emails at all stages from creation to consumption, even if it is stored as a draft. In addition, attachments in all formats including pictures will be masked from everyone but the recipient," said Wael Aggan, CEO, CloudMask. "As an application-neutral technology, CloudMask works across multiple applications. The same installation will support a large number of applications including Gmail, Google Drive, Box and Salesforce."

In 2014 it was reported that nearly five million Gmail addresses and passwords were leaked on a Russian website. Luckily, most of the data was outdated, but the breach caused alarm bells to ring, and encouraged security experts to recommend tips for protecting email accounts. Suggestions included regularly changing your password and adopting two-factor authentication. These are good practices, but with CloudMask, even if a hacker was given your user name and password, the data would be meaningless.

The free beta version will demonstrate the simplicity of the military-grade software, which is currently being used in high security government departments. This pre-release will work in Firefox browsers, to provide total encryption of Gmail emails and attachments. Internet Explorer and Google Chrome are set to be added in due course, after the beta launch, alongside additional cloud-based email and storage applications. Importantly, CloudMask is also developing a mobile app for users to seamlessly protect sensitive data on the move.

With 63% of smaller businesses currently supporting or planning to support Gmail, it is important that they have control over the protection of their data. In 2011, Gartner predicted that cloud email would grow from 4% of the overall enterprise email market to 20% of the market by 2016.

"Communication and collaboration in the cloud is inevitable, but has resulted in embarrassing moments for governments and celebrities alike," continued Aggan. "Data protection regulations will soon require businesses of all sizes to anonymise personal data in the cloud, and there is very little out there to help them do this."