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WASHINGTON and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., August 11, 2020 – Virtru, the new standard in data protection, and Area 1 Security, the first and only preemptive email security company, today announced a partnership to deliver comprehensive enterprise-class email protection. Available now, the joint offering combines Virtru’s seamless email encryption with Area 1’s advanced anti-phishing capabilities to help enterprises strengthen their security posture and ensure privacy and compliance while maximizing cloud collaboration and ROI.
Organizations have rapidly adopted cloud email infrastructures. According to Gartner’s most recent Email Security Market Guide, more than 70 percent of corporate email will be cloud-native – principally Microsoft Office 365 and Google Gmail – by 2021. However, the majority of these organizations use email to share and store sensitive data; 90 percent have cloud data governance challenges due to limited visibility and control; and most organizations are not compliant with data privacy regulations.
Traditional defenses such as secure email gateways (SEGs) are woefully inadequate in protecting today’s cloud-driven, distributed global workforces. These approaches cannot proactively hunt threats or protect messages and attachments shared through cloud-based workflows beyond applications and perimeters, and lack the critical ease of use capabilities that ensure adoption and ROI. Further underscoring their limitations, legacy SEGs, as well as cloud email suites, routinely miss more than 30 percent of phishing campaigns – the root cause of 95 percent of cyber breaches.
With a best-of-breed, comprehensive solution comprising Virtru Email Protection and Area 1 Horizon, Virtru and Area 1 seamlessly combine end-to-end encryption and advanced cloud email security. Area 1 discovers malicious sites and payloads under construction an average of 24 days before phishing campaigns launch, blocking attacks from ever reaching the inbox. Beyond the inbox, Virtru protects email messages and attachments through user friendly, end-to-end encryption that is transparently integrated into the most commonly used productivity applications, including Gmail, Google Drive, and Microsoft Outlook.
“Legacy on-premise defenses that try to bolt-on features to mirror cloud architectures fail to deliver on the promise of the cloud. Traditional email gateways don’t scale, don’t offer anything new to Office 365 and Gmail users, and most importantly, don’t prevent breaches,” said Area 1 Security President and CEO Patrick Sweeney. “Organizations ready to take their cloud email and messaging to the next level need cloud-native, API-first security solutions like Area 1 and Virtru.”
“More than 20,000 organizations worldwide trust Virtru for data security and privacy protection. And we’re excited to join forces with Area 1 to deliver an advanced email solution,” said Virtru Co-founder and CEO John Ackerly. “Though vital for connection and communication, traditional and cloud email offerings remain deficient in data-centric security controls. Area 1 and Virtru are closing the chasm between promise and protection with best-in-class email security that fosters faster adoption, facilitates secure collaboration among remote workforces, and accelerates ROI for enterprises.”
Together, Virtru and Area 1 are providing organizations with:
The complete solution will be available via both companies’ direct sales organizations and channel partnerships. For more information on Virtru’s partnership and joint solution with Area 1, please visit www.virtru.com/partners/area-1-security.
At Virtru, we empower organizations to easily unlock the power of data while maintaining control, everywhere it’s stored and shared. Creators of TDF (Trusted Data Format), the open industry standard for persistent data protection, Virtru provides flexible, easy to use, and trusted privacy technologies built on its data protection platform that govern access to data throughout its full lifecycle – from creation to transmission, storage, analysis, and sharing. For more information, visit www.virtru.com or follow us on Twitter at @virtruprivacy.
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Area 1 Security is now part of Cloudflare. This press release was issued in advance of Cloudflare's acquisition of Area 1 Security on April 1, 2022.
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