Egnyte jumps on PRISM frenzy with its own 'prevention' program

Summary:The PRISM spin taps into fears and worries over keeping data secure from prying eyes -- in this case, government agencies.

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The National Security Agency's PRISM data mining program has stirred up hysteria with consumers and businesses alike, which ironically in itself could present a business opportuntity for tech security companies.

Enterprise cloud service provider Egnyte is jumping on that interest with a new "PRISM prevention program," promising to detect cloud file sharing services and content that are unapproved by the company's IT department.

Technically, it looks like such a program could really have been launched well before the PRISM debacle erupted in June, instead being framed as a service combating BYOD and other consumer tech products seeping onto corporate networks.

But the PRISM spin taps into fears and worries over keeping data secure from prying eyes -- in this case, government agencies.

As far as deploying the prevention program, Egnyte CEO Vineet Jain explained in the announcement on Wednesday that "businesses want to combine the simplicity and ease-of-use associated with cloud-file sharing with the security and privacy of their own infrastructure."

Thus, while also promising an all-in-one, out-of-the-box kind of deployment, Egnyte's prevention program also extends its own cloud-based storage and file sharing service, promising to serve as a secure platform for documents that might be too sensitive to share between clients otherwise.

Topics: Security, Cloud, Data Management, Enterprise 2.0, IT Employment

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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