Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Product launch, presentation and prizes: The highs of Infosecurity Europe 2014

Rebecca Bailey
Senior PR & Marketing Executive
Egress Software Technologies Ltd.
Egress Software Technologies enjoyed a busy three days at Infosecurity Europe 2014 earlier this month. Whether interested in the launch of our latest product, Egress Switch Secure Workspace; discussing current issues in data security with the Egress team; or trying their hand at the Egress Buzz Wire Challenge, our stand proved incredibly popular with delegates.

In addition, Egress COO Neil Larkins presented to a packed audience in the Technical Theatre during Day Two, examining ‘Who’s really accessing your data? Building information assurance in a cloud-facing world’. Such discussions also continued on the stand, where delegates were invited to take part in the ‘2014: The Year or Encryption’ market survey – the results of which will be published in the coming days.

Day One: Launching Switch Secure Workspace


Arriving for the final Infosecurity Europe event to be held at Earls Court, the Egress team stood out against the crowd in our unmistakeable orange tops. Moreover, based on the Egress Trust Network, our unique community-based licensing model, the fantastic design of the Egress stand provided a great talking point for delegates.

Forming the focus for Day One, the launch of Secure Workspace responded directly to the market’s need for a secure Cloud-based online collaboration platform. The latest pillar of functionality of the award-winning Egress Switch encryption platform, this Cloud-based service offers end-to-end secure collaboration by encrypting information at rest and in transit. For the first time, Infosec14 delegates were given the opportunity to demo Switch Secure Workspace, visiting the Egress stand to examine this next generation of secure online collaboration.

The evening, meanwhile, gave the Egress team chance to rest their tired legs in Drayton Arms, where we hosted a drinks reception for attending clients.

Day Two: Building information assurance in the Year of Encryption

Refreshed and ready for Day Two, we returned to an even busier stand than the day before. While Switch demos continued and the Egress team caught up with more delegates, COO Neil Larkins presented to a full Technical Theatre. With standing room only, Neil challenged his audience to examine how they build information assurance when using Cloud services to share sensitive information securely.

The recent media coverage of high-profile data breaches and the impact of Edward Snowden’s revelations regarding the scale of international data surveillance, a topic we covered here, have raised concerns about the security of shared data in the Cloud. Neil encouraged delegates to examine the issues of data residency, risks posed by service providers, how to ensure controlled release of sensitive data and gaining identity assurance over communities of third party recipients.

Inciting debate amongst attendees, many of these topical discussions continued on the Egress exhibition stand throughout the event and tied in well with the market survey being conducted by members of the Egress team. Entitled ‘2014: The Year of Encryption’, the survey gave delegates the chance to offer their opinions on a range of current subjects, including whether Snowden’s revelations have increased their awareness of data protection, how secure they subsequently perceive Cloud solutions to be, and the upcoming reforms to the European Data Protection Act. Look out for the results of the survey on the Egress website in the coming days.

Day Three: Going out with a buzz

Back by popular demand, the Egress Buzz Wire Challenge ran throughout Infosec14, with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 being awarded for the fastest lap time each day. This year saw the 2013 record (11.9s set at NISC2013) repeatedly broken and we’re delighted to announce our three winners, alongside their times:

Day One: Phil Yeo – 12.5s
Day Two: Davinder Hunjan – 10.45s
Day Three: Imogen Cummings – 10.0s

Further congratulations go to Allan Sneddon, who took part in the @EgressSwitch Twitter competition to win a Kindle Fire HD.

Packed with demos and delegates, Infosec14 provided Egress with a fantastic opportunity to not only discuss our latest offerings and developments, but to also listen to attendees views and opinions about the continual evolutions of the data security market - and we look forward to next year's event, when we will be able to reflect on whether 2014 has truly proven to be the Year of Encryption

Day One: Phil Yeo - 12.6s
Day Two: Davinder Hunjan - 10.45s
Day Three: Imogen Cummings - 10.0s

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Mail app bug: How can you protect documents stored on iOS 7 devices?

Andy Whittlestone
Senior Software Developer
Egress Software Technologies Ltd.
Late last month, Andreas Kurtz, of NESCO Security Labs, published claims on his personal blog that attachments in the Mail app have not been encrypted at rest in iOS 7, as Apple assures user they are, since at least version 7.0.4 and including the current version, 7.1.1.

Kurtz discovered the bug by restoring an iPhone 4 to iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1, and setting up an IMAP email account. After performing certain tests, Kurtz found that all attachments were accessible without any encryption, with the same proving true for iPhone 5s and iPad 2 devices.

While Apple has responded to the claims – with a spokeswoman declaring: “We’re aware of the issue and are working on a fix which we will deliver in a future software update.” – they haven’t provided a timescale for when a fix will be available.

Protect your email attachments on iOS 7 devices

With mobile devices being used increasingly more often to send and receive personal and commercially sensitive documentation, it is imperative that this information is protected.

Encrypting email attachments as ‘.switch’ files, the Egress Switch Secure Email app secures documents when stored on iOS 7 devices. These files can only be accessed using the correct credentials and the Secure Email app, which also gives users the ability to deny unauthorised access attempts and, if required, revoke access to sent information.

Consequently, while Apple works to resolve the Mail app bug, Switch will continue to enable users to share confidential information with confidence.