Accellion Enhances kiteworks Secure File Sharing Platform

November 8, 2017

Accellion has made several key enhancements to its kiteworks platform that further enable organizations to share content securely in compliance with industry regulations and internal policies.

These new features complement an already robust platform of capabilities that allow end users to seamlessly access and share content stored in a wide range of on-premise and cloud-based content repositories and critical business systems efficiently, securely, and in compliance. Key features introduced today include:

Automation Suite
An automation agent allows organizations to integrate kiteworks into existing business processes and build workflows around file transfer without writing code. Enterprises can now automate workflows that would otherwise be time consuming, “high touch” processes. For example, a remote healthcare clinic can send patient test results to an external specialist for review, secure the transfer, notify on-call doctors, and move the files to a folder accessible by only authorized users – all automatically with no customized code. In addition, a complete audit trail is generated to meet HIPAA compliance. The new automation agent augments the APIs and SFTP interfaces available in prior kiteworks versions.

Shadow IT Controls for Governance Over Cloud Storage
IT departments can now control employee access to public cloud storage providers so that users are able to utilize these services in accordance with internal policies. Solutions supported include: Dropbox, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, Google Drive, and Box. By channeling connections to these services through kiteworks, organizations can apply role-based policies, generate a full audit trail to demonstrate compliance, leverage their existing DLP solutions to prevent sensitive content from being uploaded to unauthorized solutions, and scan incoming files from customers or partners with advanced threat prevention (ATP) technologies as they are downloaded.

Move Seamlessly Between Collaboration Modes – from Email to File Transfer to Folder Sharing
Users can now share and collaborate with external partners using a unified solution that covers a variety of file sharing models. After sending a file securely to external partners through email, recipients can now reply securely within the context of the email chain, and if the interaction would benefit from collaborative editing, the users can seamlessly move to a shared folder. Regardless of how files are shared, all actions are captured in auditable logs.

Access Files Directly from Microsoft Office Applications
Users now have the ability to open, edit and save files through kiteworks directly from within the desktop and mobile versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – leveraging connected content stores across the enterprise for access and storage. A new Office plugin allows secure file sharing without leaving the authoring application, adding to the earlier integration with Microsoft Outlook for sending attachments securely.

“These new capabilities in kiteworks 3 reinforce the strategic value we provide our customers in their earnest efforts to safely and efficiently share sensitive content with their external partners,” commented Yaron Galant, Chief Product Officer at Accellion. “For example, the automation suite enables organizations to integrate secure file sharing into their existing business processes by minimizing repetition and making users more productive. Also, with kiteworks’ consistent access to cloud sources, organizations have total control of where sensitive content is stored, who has access to it, and what’s being done with it. This serves to ensure private data and intellectual property are protected and what’s being done with it.

The kiteworks 3 update is available now for existing customers or new deployments.

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