Last week, our CEO Galina Datskovsky and global security expert Paul Viollis hosted a panel titled “Confidential Conversations: Are They Actually Possible in Our Technological Age?”. We were lucky to be joined by a diverse group of journalists, industry experts, and other people in enterprise to discuss how to use communications to improve security, privacy and employee safety. The panel covered a lot of ground—from discussions about human risks to company security to conversations about how to develop legal and business strategies to protect businesses. Here are five of our key takeaways from the conversations that day.
Today, pretty much everyone is texting. It’s made life so much easier – send a message on your own time and preferred device, usually without having to stop what you’re doing, and rest assured that the recipient will receive the message and be able to respond on their own time, without having to take too much time out of theirlife either.
One of the greatest compliance risks businesses face today is the wild field of communication. Communication is still taking place with old technology, like email. We saw from this year’s election how easy it is to hack email and leak it, especially when the email is not under your control anymore.
Author–Galina Datskovsky Ph.D., CRM, FAI
As I look back on the year, I can’t help but marvel on the incredible ups and downs that it has brought with it. Although there are many to speak of, both personally and professionally for most of us, cyber security has been front and center throughout 2015 and has become an increasingly prominent topic among companies, families and individuals.
Although an unfortunate reality in the world we now live in, I see the increased interest in cyber security and information security as something extremely positive for our country and all businesses alike. As with many forms of safety, cyber security has developed and grown as a result of incredible technological progress. We have seen firsthand how technology has and continues to improve lives—from smart household gadgets, to healthcare IT, to innovative ways that companies and organizations can now communicate. With great innovation, we also must consider changed behaviors and the impact on how we as human beings interact with each other For me, the increased focus on cyber security in 2015 has been indicative of the extent to which technology has progressed in the last year, how much progress is still yet to come .
At Vaporstream®, we continue to find ways to provide more secure environments to do business, protect sensitive information and communicate. I have been thrilled to see the Vaporstream team grow. I am proud of their talent and look forward to the opportunities ahead.
As we look towards 2016, I anticipate exciting new developments in the world of cyber security, information security, secure mobility and information governance. I wish you the best for 2016. Have an incredible holiday season with friends, family and colleagues. Have a healthy, happy, and peaceful new year!
Over 350 Billion text messages are sent each month, many of which contain sensitive personal and corporate information. Secure, encrypted messaging options are the best way to ensure security and compliance with regulations such as HIPAA, FINRA and Sarbanes-Oxley. IBM MobileFirst Protect formally known as MaaS360 has come together with Vaporstream® to address offering secure messaging.
On December 8th at 2PM EST Vaporstream and IBM MaaS360 will jointly present integrated solutions for enterprise mobility management. MaaS360 and Vaporstream provide a unique combination that enables organizations to easily deploy a secure and compliant messaging platform. Vaporstream has incorporated the MaaS360 API’s into our solution to enable an easy to deploy, utilize and maintain solution for mobile device management and policies that can be managed at the device and application level. These include features like pin code controls and single sign-on. By utilizing this integrated approach organizations can ensure that data is not left on insecure mobile devices. They can even extend that protection beyond the devices controlled by the organization to protecting and wiping messages sent to recipients outside the organization.
Ephemeral messaging technology allows users to send a mobile message with complete control and assurance that no residual information is saved on their mobile device. IBM MobileFirst is hosting Vaporstream, the creators of this new way to look at the old SMS, to learn best practices on taking secure messaging to the next level:
- Thwart hackers with encrypted messages at rest and in transit
- Sender distribution controls to disable copy, forward and sharing of managed messages
- Recipient guards against screenshots with image obfuscation
- Any time message shredding from the user or system level
- PIN code protection to secure lost or stolen devices
Date: Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Time: 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Duration: 1 hour
Register at the following link.
About the Speakers
Galina Datskovsky, Ph.D., CRM
Galina Datskovsky is currently the CEO of Vaporstream. She has also served on the board of multiple startups, assisting with strategy. Formerly Vice President of Information Governance at Autonomy an HP Company. She served as Chair, President, President Elect and Director of ARMA International (2007-2013) as well as fellow in 2014. She also served as Senior Vice President of Architecture at CA Technologies, responsible for corporate-wide architecture and design initiatives, General Manager of the Information Governance Business Unit and a Distinguished Engineer. She joined CA in 2006 with the acquisition of MDY Group International, where she served as founder and CEO. Galina is a Certified Records Manager (CRM) and is recognized around the world as an expert in information governance and associated technologies.
She is the recipient of the prestigious Leahy award and a Fellow of ARMA International. She has been widely published in academic journals and speaks frequently for industry organizations such as AIIM, ARMA International, ILTA, IQPC and Cohasset Associates/MER. She received the NJBIZ: Best 50 Women in Business Award in April 2010. Prior to founding MDY, Galina consulted for IBM and Bell Labs and taught at the Fordham University Graduate School of Business and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. She earned doctoral and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Kaushik Srinivas is a Product Manager for IBM MobileFirst Protect, formerly MaaS360. In this role, he is responsible for Mobile App Security, including the WorkPlace Partner Program and MaaS360 SDK & App Wrapping.
IBM MobileFirst Protect and Vaporstream experts will be on hand to discuss how you can integrate secure messaging into your overall Enterprise Mobility Management strategy.
Join us for an informative discussion.
Register today at the following link!
We are seeing much discussion about encryption and encrypted communications in the news in the wake of the Paris attack. The intelligence community did not intercept the communication between the attackers leading up to the attack, and this leads many to believe that encrypted communications must have been used.
By Karen Tremblay
Last week the AIIM First in Flight North Carolina Chapter kicked off two key events that brought together members focused on raising money for two great charities and focusing on the topic of information governance (IG). The chapter meeting included two events, First in Flight Chapter Annual Charity Golf Tournament and InfoWorld 2015. Bentwinds Country Club hosted 80 golfers and Vaporstream was delighted to be a one of the hole sponsors. It was a wonderful day for golfing—the weather was perfect and the sky was a beautiful Carolina blue. The AIIM First in Flight Chapter golf outing donating over $6,000 to both the Fragile X and Juvenile Diabetes foundations!
AIIM’s InfoWorld 2015 proved to be very informative and well attended, with close to 200 in attendance. There were several excellent sessions on data analytics– which are quite timely in the Information governance community that is examining new ways of data mining with governance and compliance. Vaporstream® CEO, Galina Datskovsky, delivered the afternoon keynote which focused on Big Data, Data Lakes and a way to incorporate IG into the Big Data practices and equation.
The event highlighted the ways in which Information Governance practices are changing. With the explosion of data and the growth of the Internet of Things, Data Lakes, and data analytics, IG professionals face new challenges. They must be prepared for the difficult tasks of corralling end users’ data for compliance purposes in the age of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and socializing the information governance requirements for Data Lakes. Practitioners must also handle the tough task of ensuring the applications they implement are easy-to-use intuitive applications for employees. If easy-to-use applications are not provided, employees will continue to download noncompliant apps and use them to the detriment (and dismay) of Information Governance and IT Departments.
It is clear that secure collaboration, privacy, protection and business enablement at the forefront of everyone’s mind as they embark on IG initiatives. Vaporstream solves the secure mobile communication piece of this puzzle and is proud to be part of the offering and solution. Secure messaging assists organizations with equipping a mobile workforce with an approved way of collaborating and sharing text and images.
You can now have a secure, private, confidential conversation and know that it will not remain on someone’s device all this time. In fact it will age out and disappear, or you can simply shred it when you are ready. We keep those conversations that need strict confidentiality and privacy just so; private and confidential.