SAN MATEO, Calif., June 25, 2014 -- Sookasa, Inc., an innovator in compliance for popular cloud applications and mobile devices, today introduced new capabilities for its Sookasa Cloud Compliance Service™, including the ability for users to share documents through any email provider using secure private links. For the first time, content that is encrypted on public cloud services can be shared securely using file links with any recipient, with no receiver downloads or setup required. Sookasa also has extended its support for Dropbox encryption, compliance and access control to Android devices.
With today’s update, Sookasa enables professionals to natively leverage their favorite cloud file sharing services, such as Dropbox, using Windows, Mac and now Android devices, while transparently encrypting sensitive data and addressing regulations such as HIPAA and FERPA. Sookasa now enables professionals to use their favorite email clients, such as Gmail, Outlook, and Mailbox, to securely share documents by sending private links to encrypted data. The recipient must be authenticated in order to access the content of the link, and will not be able to forward access to others.
Cloud services such as Dropbox, Box and Gmail scatter and duplicate files across multiple devices and shared folders. This creates a significant challenge in regulated industries such as healthcare, education, legal and finance because the loss of a single device that is connected to a cloud account can cause a catastrophic data breach and significant legal liability.
“SonoCiné is a medical imaging manufacturer that must transfer large patient files containing private patient information and ultrasound studies for breast cancer imaging,” said Mark Kania, SonoCiné director of business development. “The physicians doing the imaging studies must securely transfer these large files to other physicians who give second opinions on these medical images. We are using Sookasa in conjunction with Dropbox to easily share these large images and maintain HIPAA compliance for our hospital and physician customers. We see an increasing need to use Sookasa as we grow our customer base and increase the number of these confidential file transfers of patient information.”
Email attachments are a security and compliance threat because they can be scattered across multiple email clients and public servers, and may be easily forwarded to unauthorized recipients. Several cloud file sharing services have replaced email attachments with links pointing to the secure content. While this mitigates the storage of files across multiple email clients and servers, it does not prevent the forwarding of public links to unauthorized recipients. Recent coverage on the vulnerabilities discovered in link sharing from Box and Dropbox also highlight the need to guarantee that link sharing should be made private and secure. (continued...)