Texting apps like WhatsApp, SnapChat and Viber are all the rage in the consumer space. But what about texting apps for the enterprise?
With more companies embracing bring your own device (BYOD), it's logical to assume there's a need for a secure enterprise texting solution. As Shaun Smith, technology practice director at Xceed Group, noted, that BYOD has its benefits — as long as companies conduct due diligence and weigh those benefits against the possible risks.
Enter ArmorText, a Reston, Va.-based company that's developing a secure messaging client for the enterprise, targeted specifically at those in regulated markets. The company has already raised nearly $2 million in outside funding.
ArmorText is positioning itself as the answer to BYOD security concerns: It claims its products and services will make BYOD the rule in the workplace rather than the exception.
For Your Protection
ArmorText COO Joshua Konowe claims 2015 is going to be a big year for his company. Konowe is no stranger to the enterprise mobile messaging scene: He was the co-founder and CEO of Uppidy, another company that promised it could provide secure mobile messaging solutions for both consumers and enterprises by backing up messages, photos and videos to a secure cloud space. ArmorText bought Uppidy company last April.
ArmorText works differently. It encrypts the messages on the device itself rather than in the cloud, giving it a layer of security that can only be broken if you lose your device
Konowe claims ArmorText is in a period of significant growth, adding both new board members as well as both marketing and engineering employees. The goal is to give the company the voice it needs to get a foothold in the enterprise texting market through an airtight security solution.
In addition to its Virginia headquarters, the company plans to establish a presence in the San Francisco area.
ArmorText is targeting health care and financial services providers, which are bound by tight regulatory requirements.
According to Flurry, a mobile analytics firm, the use of mobile messaging apps jumped 103 percent in 2014. ArmorText's emphasis on security could help it ride this wave in 2015.
Konowe isn't shy about his advocacy for the BYOD workplace. "Thematically we want to offer the highest level possible in secure communications technology, but above that, we want to create an incredible product that delivers what companies have been begging for in a BYOD world," Konowe said.