News / November, 2014

Drug firm Acorda deploys EMC Syncplicity for secure file sharing

By Fred Donovan, FierceMobileIT. See original article here

November 19, 2014

 

Acorda Therapeutics, a developer of drugs used for central nervous system disorders, wanted to ensure that its 500 employees could share and work on documents using their mobile devices in a secure environment.

The company, which has valuable intellectual property to protect, had been using file transfer protocol services, file sharing over a virtual private network and public cloud services such as Dropbox to exchange documents, explains an article at Baseline magazine. But these solutions were far from optimal, and the public cloud services were not secure.

Josh Bauer, director of IT network operations at Acorda, explains it this way: "One of the major challenges we face as a company is that we have a highly mobile workforce that constantly collaborates and shares files….We realized that we had to rein things in and introduce a better collaboration solution."

In addition, Acorda has to provide information about its drug development to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the existing document sharing systems were not working well for that task.

"We had no unified polices. We had no way to ensure that people were backing up files correctly and securely. In addition, we had people wanting to use mobile devices, such as iPads, iPhones and Android phones, which introduced additional complexities and risks," says Bauer.

To provide a unified, secure system Acorda opted for EMC Syncplicity, a file management and sharing app that enables file sharing with strong security and IT controls. The app has strong encryption, a remote wipe capability, enterprise access controls and integration with mobile device management software.

Acorda's employees can now "begin work on one device and complete it on another. They can collaborate easily and effectively without having to worry about whether the files are synced. If they don't have their laptop available, they can view it on their phone," says Bauer.

"Our legal department and the compliance team are happy because they are able to keep the data in house, and it's managed by IT," he adds.

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