November 16, 2017

Content Collaboration Platforms: Friend or foe in protecting your content?

Syncplicity is an important ally for enterprises determined to protect their content. It can be highly sensitive content like PII – personally identifiable information. Or perhaps something less sensitive, such as public data on a website. Either way, if there’s a breach, it’s not good.

If you want your business to remain viable and competitive, security matters. But to maintain a high level of content security, experience matters. That’s where Syncplicity comes in. As a company with experience managing millions of files for our customers using our content collaboration platform, we take data protection very seriously. It’s probably why we’ve become such a valued ally to so many.

Fact is, Axway Syncplicity recently received one of the highest scores for security capability in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities Research for Content Collaboration Platforms – especially in use cases involving Centralized Content Protection. And this comes just as regulatory compliance is heating up. With Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect in May 2018, and directives such as PrivacyShield in the U.S., data security and content protection are top of mind for enterprises around the globe. And they’re looking to the cloud for answers.

Securing sensitive content

Keeping sensitive content secure is a big part of a company’s overall data protection strategy. With Syncplicity’s DLP integration capability, organizations are moving sensitive and confidential content to the cloud to enforce security policies. And they’re doing it by leveraging their existing DLP solution. Syncplicity integrates with top DLP solution providers, including leaders in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Data Loss Prevention (DLP), to give customers a seamless, reliable way to manage sensitive content – including files stored in Syncplicity. Symantec Data Loss Prevention, Digital Guardian and McAfee DLP Prevent, are some of the trusted brands Syncplicity integrates with.

How does this work? Well, organizations can now leverage their existing DLP infrastructure to detect when sensitive content is added to Syncplicity. Access to files and sharing is restricted based on DLP classification. Classification is done in the DLP engine, which identifies what is considered sensitive whether it’s personally identifiable data (PII), health records, intellectual property, or customer or partner information.

Through this integration, companies can enforce file and folder sharing restrictions based on corporate policies, allowing them to adhere to strict security and compliance regulations and requirements. For example, Sara in HR can see PII of employees in, say, the U.S., but other U.S. employees can’t. At the same time, Sara is unable to view PII associated with employees in Europe. Companies can customize policies based on region, employee type and department. And these policies are easily adjusted by approved teams using an administrative console.

Insider threats and cyber crimes

Regulatory compliance is a key reason for DLP solutions and strategies, but there are other business drivers. Insider threats and cyber crimes such as those involving ransomware jeopardize business operations and may put your organization out of compliance with regional or industry regulations. Exposure to ransomware is particularly costly because it not only affects business operations, but will also carry a stiff, 4 percent fine for breaking GDPR mandates starting in May 2018.

Syncplicity lets you track user behavior and recover files. Combine this with your existing DLP capability, and you’ll have a much more comprehensive solution – one that secures sensitive data, applies policies to that data, tracks user behavior (digital footprint) and lets you recover from internal or external content breaches.

Learn more about how we can help you protect your sensitive content with advanced data protection solutions that combine your existing DLP capabilities with Syncplicity.

To learn more about DLP, click here and to learn more about how Syncplicity provides customers with Advanced Data Protection, click here.

December 1, 2014   |   by Syncplicity by Axway Team

EMC Syncplicity Receives Enterprise App Award (Appy) for Productivity and Competes for Best of Show

We're excited to have won CRN’s 2014 Enterprise App Award in the productivity category. 

The “Appys” recognize outstanding achievement by developers of enterprise mobile apps, with apps evaluated by CRN’s editors on functionality, suitability to task, ease of use, innovation and potential value to solution providers, their customers and the market in general.

CRN evaluated a number of mobile applications for productivity and recognized Syncplicity by Axway as a winner for delivering a powerful enterprise-class file sync and share solution with a completely redesigned iPhone app.

EMC Syncplicity by Axway’s iPhone app launched this summer provides enterprise users with a completely re-built mobile application that incorporates a very intuitive, consumer-grade user interface that innovates in three key areas: beauty, efficiency, and power.

  • Beauty: The app is visually stunning and personalized from first use.   It has a breakthrough UX design innovation with 3D panel views to quickly move across folders.
  • Efficiency: The app is designed to navigate vast amounts of information and access features with a simple swipe of the thumb.
  • Power: The app has a tremendous amount of functionality, for today’s business user, but true to form it is simple to use. This includes a built-in editor to edit and create MS Office documents and annotate PDFs to ensure that enterprise users can securely view, edit, create, sync, and share content.

With 86% of today’s business leaders believing UX is just as important for enterprise apps as it is for consumer apps, Syncplicity by Axway has set the bar on UX for file sharing apps across the enterprise mobile work/collaboration space. For a quick demo of the product’s key features click here.

This week, Syncplicity by Axway will be competing against other Appy winners for the Best of Show award at CRNs Tech Tank 2014 by showcasing our key product innovations.


December 23, 2013

2014 Predictions

2013 was an amazing year for enterprise IT—the pace of innovation is higher than it has ever been and there is no sign of any slow down. In my view, 2014 is going to be a pivotal year in the transformation of enterprise IT.  Here are just a few predictions of what I see happening in enterprise software in 2014.

1.    100% of Enterprises Will Adopt Hybrid Cloud Storage

It’s a flawed approach to believe that a "one size cloud fits all” approach is appropriate, particularly in the enterprise and specifically for cloud storage. According to a survey that will be published in early 2014 by ESG, a leading analyst firm, 97% of IT professionals who have already deployed an online file sharing solution in the cloud are “extremely” or “somewhat interested” in on premise storage options. In 2014 hybrid cloud will emerge as the de facto choice for organizations that don’t want to and can’t afford to treat all applications and information equally. 

2.    If 2013 Was the Year of Enterprise Software, 2014 Will be the Year of the Enterprise User 

Mobile consumer apps have trained people to not just want, but demand a great user experience. One victim of this movement will be the death of feature-bloated apps. Instead, there will be a relentless focus from enterprise software vendors on simplicity of design and function. Those companies who fail to embrace this imperative will be left behind. 

3.    Users Will Demand the Power of Predictive Insights

We’ve heard a lot about the impact of predictive analytics on the enterprise and how they inform data-driven strategies. Now, the next leap in predictive analytics will be user driven. For example, content creation and collaboration will move from simple access and editing to automating of mundane tasks. Imagine you’ve just completed a meeting in which you created an elaborate whiteboard diagram that you want to share with all the meeting attendees. Predictive insights will prompt you to automatically email the photo of the diagram to all the people listed in calendar invite, eliminating time from a simple but low-value process. 

4.    “Backup & Recovery” Evolves to “Continuous Protection and Availability”

In a mobile world, where users work on multiple devices, any time and anywhere, the notion of desktop backup and recovery is not enough. True protection of business-critical files requires that files are backed up the moment they are modified no matter what device is used to perform an update. And if a device is lost, stolen, or malfunctions, a user should be able to pick up any other device and keep working without missing a beat -- and without needing to recover from a backup first.  

5.    If Left Unaddressed, the U.S Tech Talent Shortage Will Become a National Disgrace 

Congress will be forced to find a solution to the H-1B visa issue that continues to slowly eat away at the long term competitiveness of U.S. tech companies. We need to treat Silicon Valley and other technology centers as growth engines and give them the badly needed talent they require to fuel their innovation.

6.    Diversity Will Finally Get the Attention it Deserves 

We need to dramatically increase and diversify the technical talent pool within our country and initiatives such as, an organization dedicated to expanding participation in computer science education, and Code For America are examples of programs headed in the right direction. The emergence of Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg as high-profile technology leaders will also help drive more girls into technical and business careers, creating a far larger and more diverse technology workforce. 

7.    The Tech “Bubble” Will Burst But Won’t Take Out Everyone

It is not 1999. The tech industry has regained its footing and many ideas and innovations being invested in today are delivering long-term value. That said, there is considerable irrationality in the market as well, with some company’s valuations not being in line with core business fundamentals.  For enterprise customers, financial stability and laser-focus on enterprise needs matters in the long term.  “Land grabs” can generate a lot of early market hype, but when it comes to enterprise-scale deployments the landscape can change very fast.  

What are your predictions for 2014?

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