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October 09, 2012

SpiderOak to Unveil 'Zero-Knowledge' Collaboration Tool

SpiderOak will unveil a 'Zero-Knowledge' collaboration tool later this year. Currently, big organizations and SMBs depending on third party cloud providers are challenged with privacy problems. With the rise in the number of collaboration platforms, including Box’s (News - Alert) latest offering, companies are urged by SpiderOak to question the security of their data stored on clouds, which can be easily accessed by cloud providers.

SpiderOak’s collaboration tool assures organizations that their data is not accessible outside the company while using cloud technologies. SpiderOak's 'Zero-Knowledge' Privacy Environment has been extended to the latest tool, wherein customer information cannot be accessed by anyone, including SpiderOak employees.

In a statement, Ethan Oberman, CEO, SpiderOak said, "Cloud technology companies, including Box, demand and expect enterprises to inherently trust them with their most valuable possession -- their data. However and as we have seen time and time again, this proposition is fraught with risks in security and data privacy from both internal and external threats. Ultimately business does in fact need boundaries. SpiderOak is built around 'Zero-Knowledge' privacy. As such, trust no longer sits at the center of our sales pitch because we are never in a position where we can betray the trust of our customers. Why? Simple. We don't have access to the plaintext data."

The BoxWorks from Box and its premise, "Business without Boundaries" has been the focal point of discussions related to expediency of the cloud and customer unawareness. Organizations can administer the cloud in a managed environment using SpiderOak's centralized and completely secure offering.

Richard Stiennon, chief research analyst, IT-Harvest said, "Today's enterprise environment demands a higher standard of privacy in the cloud. Sensitive data is often distributed around the world, with employees collaborating and sharing information on a host of disparate, mobile and intelligent devices. A majority of enterprises in today's business environment don't retain full control of their data in the cloud nor do they have the option of fully controlling and managing it, either on-site or off-site. SpiderOak is designed with complete privacy in mind, representing a much-needed advance in the world of enterprise cloud environments."

Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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