The proliferation of file-sharing resources is great for users, but they can be a major pain for the IT department attempting to secure all communications at enterprise levels. One solution to the problem is being offered this week by Enterprise Information Protection solution provider Verdasys, which has announced it is now supporting Citrix ShareFile.

Verdasys’ Digital Guardian Enterprise Information Protection platform adds to the ShareFile security model such features as unique data classification, data event monitoring and flexible data controls, such as file encryption.

Citrix ShareFile allows enterprise users to sync and share data from any device, while Digital Guardian protects information inside or outside of ShareFile. Firewalls, security policies and other issues have made file sharing the latest headache for IT managers attempting to adjust to the growing bring-your-own-device trend and its accompanying expectations of universal portability.

Classifying Data

Verdasys CEO Jim Ricotta said in a statement that the combination of his company’s Digital Guardian with ShareFile is “ideal for any enterprise with sensitive information” that requires more security than “consumer-style file-sharing services.”

He noted that, based on its “sensitivity and the context of its use,” Digital Guardian protects information “even after it leaves the control of ShareFile” so that mobile users can work with the information on any device, from anywhere. The platform can classify information based on its content, context or user input, thus allowing company policies to determine security levels and employee access on an individual basis.

To assist organizations with compliance regulations, such as agencies of government or businesses centered around intellectual property, there’s also advanced data loss prevention, data usage control, mobility and collaboration.

Warnings, Blocking, Encrypting

To enforce policies, end point agents within Digital Guardian will issue user warnings or block and encrypt data as required to meet the policy for that information. Users have access to encrypted files that reside on Windows machines, Citrix XenApp delivered applications, Citrix XenDesktop virtual desktops or mobile devices. Data moved to an unauthorized environment is encrypted and thus cannot be accessed by unauthorized personnel.

The Waltham, Massachusetts-based Verdasys said this approach allows companies to safely move information to such storage devices as USB sticks or DVDs, or to DropBox, while Digital Guardian blocks and redirects the data to ShareFile as needed.