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“When I communicate with clients and with insurance carriers I have to follow HIPAA standards,” said David Brabender, President, Atman Insurance Services. “Before Sookasa we had to use the fax, which is considered more secure than email. However, fax machines are cumbersome and time-consuming both to us and to the recipients. Sookasa’s Secure Link capability is innovative. It meets HIPAA requirements while providing recipients easy access to documents through email, without requiring the recipient to setup any software. I’m a small operation, so Sookasa’s affordable price is attractive. In addition, Sookasa makes it easy to grow and add users to the service.”
Sookasa Secure Link Sharing produces a unique private link for each receiver and authenticates the recipient’s identity when they try to access the file. Professionals in regulated industries can now securely share sensitive data with any recipient, including a client, patient or an external partner, knowing that even if the email is intercepted or forwarded, only the original recipient will be able to access the private information. For example, healthcare providers can now securely send Protected Health Information (PHI) to their patients and colleagues using their favorite email applications, including Gmail and Yahoo! Mail. Law firms can now send sensitive information to their clients without compromising client-attorney privilege using any email client, without the need to deploy email encryption solutions that require extensive IT support.
Sookasa Secure Links are created in a similar way to Dropbox and Box links. The user selects the file they wish to share, designates the appropriate recipient’s email, and pastes the private link to any email client of their choice. After the recipient clicks on the link, they will go through an extra authentication step to verify their identity, after which they will be able to access the file. All files accessed are audited and links can be expired at any time by the sender. The recipient does not have to be a Sookasa or Dropbox user in order to access the data.
In addition to enabling file sharing via email, Sookasa is responding to the continuing trend of BYOD where employees are freely choosing between iOS and Android based devices. Today’s launch allows organizations in regulated industries, including healthcare, legal and finance, to stay compliant in the BYOD era, and to enable popular cloud services such as Dropbox and Gmail with sensitive data on any Android smartphone or tablet. (continued...)