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Company (that provides the nominated product / solution / service)Hotshot Technologies, Inc.
Company size (employees)1 to 9
Type of solutionSoftware

In 3 bullets, summarize why this product or service is different from the competition and deserves recognition:

• Hotshot’s patent-pending time- and location-based encryption represents the first time that strong data protections are associated with the actual location of the user (using location services and not easily-spoofable IP addresses) in a simple-to-use application that enables compliance with GDPR, HIPPA, labor laws and more.

• Data owners can set specific policies to allow data access only from approved locations (whether a specific address, like a business office, or from an entire country or group of countries like the EU). Data owners can also set time restrictions to only allow access to work-related communications during business hours.

• Hotshot enables easy claw back of data when users leave the organization, or no longer have the need for access to it, further ensuring that data is not exposed improperly. This is also useful for controlled chat and collaboration with contract and 3rd party project team members.

Brief Overview

Organizations are being held to ever-increasing data security and privacy requirements in response to threats posed by untrustworthy technology companies, organized cyber criminals and nation-state cyber attackers.

Hotshot’s security compliant mobile messaging platform for businesses was developed to address these security and privacy needs in a simple, easy-to-use way. Hotshot’s messaging encryption combined with time- and location-based restriction policies allows users to access data only WHEN and WHERE they are authorized to do so.

This combination of security and privacy features reduces companies’ liabilities for cross-border data transfers regulated by GDPR and labor law liabilities such as those imposed by France’s “Right to Disconnect” law.

Hotshot uses a form of encryption which ensures that only the organization users have access to the data shared through the system. The app runs on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. None of the data shared through Hotshot (messages, files, etc.) is ever available to any unauthorized user. This prevents many data exposure problems that services like Office 365 and G Suite suffer from. Hotshot’s location-based encryption allows data owners to set defined geographic areas where users can access data. This feature helps organizations comply with the new GDPR Chapter 5 cross-border data transfer rules, assuring that data is only available in the location where customers have consented to its use. Hotshot’s time-based restrictions assure that employees are not receiving after-hours work-related messages, reducing employers’ liabilities from labor law requirements.