T-Systems and Covata: Share files simply and securely in the cloud

Jul 29, 2015

  • End-to-end encryption ensures security
  • Highly available and easy to use with an app and browser
  • Australian security expert is new cloud partner

Lists of customers, contract details, price calculations – employees need secure and quick access to this kind of sensitive data. T-Systems and Australian data security specialist Covata are now offering a solution to this problem, from the cloud. The service is as simple to use as other file sharing offerings, but is based on enterprise grade security architecture and runs in a high-security data center operated by T-Systems in Germany. The Australian government, including the Australian Taxation Office, uses Covata to securely share information.

Speed and high availability of central company data are critical for companies to remain competitive. All too often, employees use freeware to exchange data, since it is an easy to access solution. However, a survey by Sky Dox revealed that more than half of the users using unapproved applications do not inform their IT department. As a result, security issues remain unresolved, with employees possibly violating IT compliance rules. The partnership between Covata and T Systems now offers CIOs a service that meets the needs for ease of use, high security and availability, while fulfilling compliance rules making it the best alternative to free offerings. Covata combines three core components for secure data management: Identity protection, real-time control of data and encryption. The software hosted on the T Systems cloud operates from a German data center, allowing businesses to remain compliant with strict German guidelines for data privacy and data security, while T-Systems looks after customer relationship management, providing support for users who have questions.

Using Covata Safe Share, files of any size can be shared inside and outside of the business by app or using a browser. File transport is encrypted end to end, with encryption taking place directly on the user device or in the browser. The keys and data are stored separately and each key only works once per file. Owners of a file can restrict access to it to specific groups of people, permit read-only access or limit the time it is available, providing businesses with ultimate control over their data.

Customers obtain the service from the cloud or directly in their data centers. Covata is ideal for around 500 users and above. There is no upper limit to the number of users. It can be linked with existing platforms such as SharePoint quickly and easily. The solution is available in German and English; other language versions can be made available quickly if needed.

The Telekom cloud – versatile, easy, secure

Since 2005, Deutsche Telekom and its subsidiary T Systems have offered secure end-to-end cloud solutions for companies of all sizes – from consulting to implementation, billing and customer service through to maintenance. Telekom's growing partner ecosystem includes solutions from SAP, Microsoft, Cisco, Salesforce, VMWare, Huawei, Oracle, SugarCRM and Informatica, and others.

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