Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Security Container Lives On

I was inspired to write this after reading Data Security: One of Forrester's Top 15 IT Technologies to Watch by Andrew Jaquith over at Forrester. Its always a great feeling when you read something independent to your own work that gives you that massive feeling of justification. The space that Egress Switch occupies right now is a relatively new one, because it's so new we sometimes need to take time to explain to people why they should consider a solution like Switch.

In the past the team here at Egress worked in the traditional "End Point" security industry. The focus was always to ensure that data does not leave the workstation. And when the workstation is mobile, endpoint security ensures the data is kept secure. This is where End Point security has traditionally stopped. The data security problem takes a new form when information has to leave the workstation. We talked about this concept in our recent white paper.

In the white paper we talk about how we now live in the "Information Age" meaning information has to be allowed to flow. If you put an End Point solution in place to prevent the flow, your users will either revolt or simply find a way to circumvent your restrictions in order to get the job done.

Acknowledging the fact that data is flowing in and out of your organization on a daily basis is the first step to the right solution. To us, this implies data security at the file level that travels with the information instead of being tied to infrastructure.

Switch does this by helping the user in the information sharing work flow. Rather than getting in way, it takes a positive and proactive approach. If you give your users a tool that actually makes the process of sharing information easy they will thank you for it, you don't even need to tell them it's taking care of all the security behind the scenes!

So back to Andrew's blog post; he mentions container-centric security, and this is what Switch delivers. It's the idea that the user can take a collection of data, easily package it into a mobile container (we call it a package) and then send it beyond your perimeter whilst ensuring the contents are safe, that only intended recipient can access it, is fully auditable, and best of all you can revoke all access to the container at any time!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

First Posting from Blogger

Its been a difficult choice trying to decide if we should implement our own blog engine or just host it on the web.

In the end we chose Blogger because of the great way it allows us to manage the blog posting on a professional platform and then push to our web server and let the blog live along side all the other content here at

Another advantage of the blogger platform over other blog engines has to be the Google element. I'm not talking SEO here, rather the wonderful openness Google brings. We wanted a blog to allow us to engage with our users and this will do just that. A Google account or other OpenID account is all that's needed to make a comment against anything you read here - and we think that's just great!

I'm happy the setup is mostly complete now - because that means we can start talking about the topic that gets us into the office every day: Secure Data Exchange.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New Website Goes Live

Its been a busy couple of months here at Egress. We're getting ready to release version 1.6 of the Switch client which includes some fantastic new features, to go along with the new release we've switched on the new website which will do a much better job of explaining how the features within Switch work. The website refresh also includes the latest update to the Web interface for Switch (ESI).

The team spent a long time deliberating over the navigational structure of the new website and we think it makes much more sense now. You can find out about the Products, Solutions and Company without having to hunt around.

One of the new sections on the site is Solutions which we will use to publish articles on how Switch can be put to use solving problems. Because Switch is designed as enabling technology that integrates with your daily work flow we continue to hear great stories from people about how they've put it to use. We'll keep you posted on some of these through the solutions articles.

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