Part IV – Here, There, Everywhere: Access Your Data Anywhere with SafeMonk

Over the years, technology has been created to make our lives easier, both personally and professionally. Dropbox has made file sharing not only simpler, but also more convenient. Why? Because Dropbox allows you to access files and other data you need, no matter where you are and on almost any device. Thanks to SafeMonk, this convenience doesn’t have to change when using Dropbox in your company where files are often sensitive and must be secured.

Remember, like Dropbox, there are a number of reasons to like SafeMonk, including Tapproof Security, Account Management, and Auditing Control and Remote Kill features. When it comes to convenience, SafeMonk allows employees to access company data on Dropbox anywhere, at anytime, safely and securely. What’s more, IT policy enforcers can manage all of SafeMonk’s function, including anywhere access, from an easy-to-use mobile interface; it’s a double-dose of convenience.

Check out this fourth and final video from our office hero who discusses Anywhere Access with SafeMonk, and why it won’t change the convenience you love about Dropbox.

Part III – Run the Show with SafeMonk

There are lots of reasons why people love using Dropbox. It’s convenient, it’s intuitive, it speeds up collaboration, and it allows you to access your files from almost anywhere. Like Dropbox, there are lots of reasons to love SafeMonk.

The first reason is security. Remember, SafeMonk is the only tapproof encryption solution for Dropbox on the market. Even in the unlikely event of a data breach or subpoena request, user keys are protected and files aren’t viewable, because neither SafeMonk nor Dropbox can see the keys used to encrypt or decrypt files within SafeMonk. This gives CIOs total control over Dropbox inside their companies.

The second reason is Account Management. IT policy enforcers know that with SafeMonk, they have the ability to set password rules, add and/or remove users, disable user access, and even revoke file shares. In other words, this feature enables whoever’s in charge of company IT to say “yes” to using Dropbox.

Need another reason to love SafeMonk? Here you go: Auditing Control and Remote Kill. Auditing Control gives companies the ability to track, log, and report on how users are sharing company data within Dropbox, which is essential for compliance and non-repudiation. If you’re not happy with how data is being shared in Dropbox, you can simply revoke keys by file or by user with Remote Kill and render the data useless. What’s not to love about that?

Check out this latest video from our office hero who explains why he loves the Auditing Control and Remote Kill features, and how with them he runs the show.

Happy Birthday! SafeMonk Turns One

On June 11, 2013, we launched SafeMonk publicly. It was an exciting time. As a team, we spent many late nights getting ready for that point in time. We left the office at 4am on the morning of the launch having been in the office for three long days and nights.

The week before we launched, someone thought it might be a good idea to add AntiVirus (AV) testing to our automated test platform. Within a day we realized we had a big problem. We had built 12 VMs to run our automated Windows testing, each with one of the top 12 AVs. Two of them worked and 10 of them failed. We spent frantic hours trying to uncover and fix what was going wrong. With four days to go, the team began to think we had to scrap the launch and throw away the fundamental architecture we had built for Windows. This was going to be a disaster. We wanted to show our parent company that a small team, secluded, co-located, focused and using strict agile could deliver something new in a short period of time (we had started not quite six months earlier). If we didn’t do it, we would have failed in our experiment.

The AV debacle began the near 24-hour cycle to make our date. Hours were spent proposing new designs, throwing away ideas, and hitting the whiteboard. Finally, we had an idea and there was one way we could see that could solve the AV problem. It was a major throw-away-the-code-and-re-do-it time; we had 72 hours left to do it. Happily, we made the date thanks to the long hours, enthusiasm, and dedication of the team.

It was a significant moment for us, and also for SafeNet. SafeMonk is the first product released from SafeNet Labs, a SafeNet incubator. In just six months, a team of five developers had put together the first Dropbox encryption solution that supported sharing. Within weeks of our launch some competitors also announced support for sharing.


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Part II - How to Say ‘Yes’ to Using Dropbox in Your Company

Last week, we shared with you a short video that explained the first step in how to become an office hero with SafeMonk. As you know, SafeMonk is the only tapproof encryption solution for Dropbox on the market. What this means is that neither SafeMonk nor Dropbox can see the keys used to encrypt or decrypt files within SafeMonk. So in the event of a data breach or a subpoena request, user keys are protected and files aren’t viewable.

While tapproof technology ensures that user keys are protected with SafeMonk, other SafeMonk features are designed to give CIOs complete control over Dropbox usage within their companies. One of these features is Account Management.

Simply put, Account Management gives IT policy enforcers the power to do a number of things with SafeMonk, including set password rules, add and/or remove users, disable user access, and even revoke file shares.

In this next video, our office hero describes how SafeMonk’s Account Management feature works and why it enables him to say “yes” to Dropbox in his company. Watch, learn, and take another step toward becoming an office hero.

Become an Office Hero with SafeMonk

Did you know that nearly 5 million businesses, including 97 percent of Fortune 500 companies, use Dropbox to work in more collaborative and efficient ways? Why? Because Dropbox is simple, it’s easy to use, it’s convenient, and, by allowing their employees to use it, has turned many CIOs into office heroes. Yet despite knowing these benefits, many CIOs still don’t allow Dropbox use inside of their companies. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

With SafeMonk for Business, CIOs can say “yes” to Dropbox within their companies. SafeMonk for Business is an encryption solution built exclusively for Dropbox. The only tapproof solution for Dropbox on the market, SafeMonk for Business offers several unique features that give CIOs and other IT policy enforcers complete control over Dropbox usage within their companies. By knowing what’s happening with Dropbox inside of their companies, CIOs can not only give their employees the same benefits many companies have already experienced with Dropbox, but also turn themselves into office heroes.

So what features make SafeMonk for Business such a powerful addition to Dropbox security? Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll issue several brief videos from our own office hero who will discuss these unique features and how they work, beginning with this first installment on tapproof security. Enjoy.

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The SafeMonk 411

Hear what Chris Holland, Chief Monk at SafeMonk (a SafeNet Labs company) has to say about how SafeMonk works seamlessly within Dropbox to keep your sensitive data private, what tapproof means, & key management policies. He also talks about the user experience of SafeMonk, and how it doesn’t ‘break’ the friendly, easy-to-use Dropbox experience—-yet keeps your files encrypted. Yep—security AND ease of use!

SafeMonk allows data to be encrypted on the fly, transparently to the user.  This allows the user to have no difference in performance when using Dropbox-yet keep files encrypted. 

SafeMonk runs everywhere Dropbox runs, which includes clients for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

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A 5 Minute Guide-How to Say Yes to Dropbox for Business

Dropbox has gained widespread popularity with more than 200 million consumer users worldwide. As an IT or security professional, this is an important stat for you to consider. Why? Because your business users are consumers too. They turn to apps like Dropbox to simplify their personal lives, and want that familiar file-sharing experience at the office.

In fact, the odds are high that your users are sharing and storing your company’s important data, files, and assets with Dropbox right now—even with your IT team shaking their fingers and telling them no. 

There is a way to stop making Dropbox your kryptonite. In the five minutes it takes to read this guide, you’ll learn about a dynamic duo of file-sharing solutions that gives you everything you need to say “yes” to Dropbox.

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Say you’re ready to implement Dropbox for Business at work. You understand the power of Dropbox for Business, and you also recognize that all you need is an extra layer of encryption to keep your sensitive data and information safe. 

Before you select a Dropbox encryption solution for your company, make sure it meets or exceeds ALL of the criteria below:

Provides a seamless user experience that:

  • Is easy to use
  • Uses an encryption process that’s transparent to the user
  • Doesn’t break Dropbox

Provides key management and ownership that:

  • Uses tapproof security – neither the encryption vendor nor Dropbox can access keys
  • Ability to mandate the use of an encrypted Dropbox solution and experience

Provides robust security that:

  • Uses 256-bit AES and TLS
  • Has remote wipe capabilities
  • Allows password management
  • Is hosted by a company that’s a leader in security and encryption

Provides auditing and control capabilities that:

  • Give you the visibility you need
  • Allow you to grant and revoke access privileges
  • Enable you to monitor and report on traffic to meet compliance mandates

Keep this checklist handy as you research encryption vendors.