ownCloud Encryption 2.0 Raises the Bar for Enterprise File Sync and Share Security and Performance

Posted by ownCloud GmbH – 7. July 2015

New ownCloud encryption framework delivers a unique, modular approach to security enabling customers to secure, manage and control sensitive data

Lexington, MA.—July 7, 2015— ownCloud, Inc., the company behind the world’s most popular open source enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) software, today announced a new modular framework for encryption that will enable previously unheard of flexibility for organizations with complex and changing encryption requirements.  Encryption 2.0 from ownCloud is a part of ownCloud 8.1, the latest version of the company’s flagship enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) solution.  Encryption 2.0 features a new set of encryption capabilities that redefines EFSS security, making it easier and more secure for organizations tasked with protecting sensitive information to seamlessly collaborate and share files. Additionally, the new release includes enhancements that will enable up to a 4X performance for uploads and downloads, as well as improved scalability through efficient handling of massive parallel requests, enabling support for 50% more users per ownCloud server instance.

ownCloud Encryption 2.0 is a groundbreaking new approach to encryption that will allow customers to manage their own encryption keys in their enterprise key store. It will also allow customers to adopt their desired encryption standard, and even write a server app to meet their unique encryption requirements.  ownCloud is the only enterprise file sync and share company to provide this level of modular encryption, which can be delivered as an app for quick and easy integration into customers’ existing infrastructure.

“Encryption 2.0 from ownCloud has set a new security standard for EFSS,” said Matt Richards, Vice President of Product for ownCloud. “Imagine you are an IT organization using industry standard AES-256 cryptography. Let’s say that regulations or requirements which you have to comply with change and you have to move to a newer algorithm and keyset. Now, with ownCloud’s modular encryption approach, you can swap out the existing AES 256 encryption for one mandated by the new policy while still enabling seamless access to enterprise-class file sharing and collaboration for all of your end-users. By comparison, the majority of your competitors has to wait for their cloud vendor to upgrade or change to a new algorithm, putting them in a non-compliant state for an uncertain period of time – or requiring additional payment to keep their data protected”

“End-users are increasingly expecting universal file access from their enterprise IT departments, and that means being able to access files from any device, anywhere at any time in order to collaborate. At the same time, IT administrators are being tasked with keeping that data secure in the face of mounting security threats,” continued Richards. “That’s why our roadmap is constantly being updated with new and innovative ways to deliver capabilities like Encryption 2.0 and Files Drop while continuing to improve performance. These are the types of features that make life easier for both the end-user and IT administrators, making ownCloud 8.1 a true win-win for our customers.”

ownCloud also announced the availability of four new Deployment Service Packages which can be tailored to meet specific customer environments and needs.  These services plus ownCloud 8.1 server will be available immediately.  ownCloud 8.1 will be available for Enterprise and Standard subscriptions in 30 days.

About ownCloud

Organizations that must share confidential data internally and externally rely on ownCloud’s on-premise enterprise file sync and share platform. Only ownCloud gives IT the visibility and control required to manage sensitive data, preserve business processes and integrate with existing compliant infrastructures while offering users the modern collaboration experience they demand.  This is made possible through ownCloud’s open, modular architecture, extreme extensibility and unique federated cloud sharing capabilities. Company headquarters are in Lexington, MA, with European headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany. For more information, visit: http://www.owncloud.com.

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