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  • Company (that provides the nominated product / solution / service): Virtru
  • Website: https://www.virtru.com/
  • Company size (employees): 40
  • Product Version Number: N/A
  • Type of solution: Software
  • Year this product or service was first introduced to the market: 2014
  • Year the current version of this product or service has been released: 2016
  • Approximate number of users worldwide: More than 5,000 corporate customers including both SMBs and large enterprises like the State of Maryland, Capital One, HBO, the FCC, and Mt. Sinai Hospital - some with more than 15,000 employees using Virtru.

In 3 bullets, summarize why this product or service deserves recognition:

Virtru’s patented key management approach (Patent US 8,589,673) is based on the Trusted Data Format (TDF). It’s protections travel with customer data throughout its lifespan, regardless of where it’s share. Individual users and admins can exert finely tuned control over their data by disabling the option to forward, setting an expiration time, revoking emails or watermarking PDF’s.

Virtru's integration with G Suite provides additional functionality to organizations seeking exclusive control of their data for both data privacy and regulatory compliance, both when stored with Google and, importantly, when this data is shared with third parties. In addition, Virtru’s Encrypted Search feature enables Virtru senders to search the full email message bodies of the encrypted content that they send from any Virtru platform.

The Virtru Customer Key Server ensures that only explicitly authorized parties have access to unencrypted content and encryption keys. The Virtru CKS adds additional privacy for organizations looking to comply with security regulations, meet data residency requirements, or simply prevent third party providers from ever accessing unencrypted keys or content – all while preserving Virtru’s ease of use.

In less than 300 words, summarize the most important features and benefits of this product or service

When organizations share sensitive information over email, there is no mechanism to prevent unintended access or unwanted forwards. Organizations need the ability to both protect the privacy of their most sensitive information and to selectively and securely share with partners, customers and consumers. Weak business privacy undermines trust and puts businesses, their customers and partners at risk.

Virtru encrypts on the mail client and is more secure than TLS-based portal systems. Content is protected at the time of creation, and not decrypted until an authorized recipient is authenticated. Virtru’s patented key management approach (Patent US 8,589,673) is based on the Trusted Data Format (TDF).

Virtru protections travel with the data throughout its lifespan as message bodies and attachments are end-to-end encrypted, and senders retain the ability to revoke or change access at any time, even after messages have been opened or forwarded. As a result of the strong data protections offered by Virtru, organizations can meet regulatory requirements (HIPAA, FERPA, CJIS, EAR, CFPB, etc.) without sacrificing workflow or productivity.

Virtru’s Customer Key Server (CKS), enables enterprises to maintain exclusive access to the encryption keys used to secure their data. As business privacy becomes a top priority for organizations across all industries, the Virtru CKS ensures that only explicitly authorized parties have access to unencrypted content and encryption keys. This configuration allows for maximum security, privacy, and control.

Virtru is a part of the Google Recommended for G Suite program as a provider of the control of data stored and shared in the cloud. The integration with G Suite provides additional functionality to organizations seeking exclusive control of their data for both data privacy and regulatory compliance, both when stored with Google and, importantly, when this data is shared with third parties.

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