Central Desktop Beefs Up Security, Certification for Cloud Collaboration Platform

Cloud-based social collaboration platform company Central Desktop is adding three security initiatives to its SocialBridge cloud collaboration platform to ensure customers’ data is safe in the cloud.  The improvements mean that Central Desktop’s SocialBridge can secure ‘data in transit’ (via SSL encryption), as well as data at rest (via AES Encryption at Rest).

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cloud_datasec_01Cloud-based social collaboration platform company Central Desktop is adding three security initiatives to its SocialBridge cloud collaboration platform to ensure customers’ data is safe in the cloud. 

The improvements mean that Central Desktop’s SocialBridge can secure ‘data in transit’ (via SSL encryption), as well as data at rest (via AES Encryption at Rest). This security improvement prevents data from being accidentally exposed on the storage devices themselves, so customers know that their data is safe even when the storage devices are out of their hands, according to Arnulf Hsu, CTO of Central Desktop.
 
“For both SMB and enterprise companies, security and privacy in the cloud are high priorities. At Central Desktop, it is our mission to provide better security on our platform outside the firewall than is often available to companies behind the firewall,” Hsu said in a statement. 

Beyond the company’s support for AES Encryption at Rest, Central Desktop is also implementing SSAE 16, and US/EU Safe Harbor.   Central Desktop maintains compliance with SSAE 16, the standard that supersedes SAS70, through annual third-party audits to report on operational controls within Central Desktop for information technology, financial operations and human resources.

Central Desktop’s SocialBridge gives companies control over what each user can see or do with these key features:

User authentication. To encrypt each username and password combination with a unique one-way hash.


User permissions. To support several different roles determine what individual users can see or do.

 

Complete activity and audit logs. To allow IT admins to see what actions individual users have taken.

 

Application security measures. To prevent customer data cross-over and ensure complete customer data segregation.

 

Strong encryption. To prevent cyber snooping and hacking by using secure HTTPS URLs with 256-bit SSL, the same kind that banks rely on. TLS encryption, a layer of protection that helps keep SocialBridge email notifications safe from prying eyes. In addition all data and files are encrypted at rest with 256-bit AES.

 

IP restrictions. These settings will automatically lock everybody out who doesn't have a trusted IP address.

 

Password complexity. To force users to set hard-to-crack passwords and change them after a set period of time.

 

Single sign-on. To allow  large organizations to use their existing Active Directory protocols to automatically login users. SocialBridge Single Sign is compatible with Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) v2 and Microsoft's Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0.

For SocialBridge, Central Desktop partners with Alchemy Communications, Latisys Data Center, Akamai and McAfee to provide perimeter, network, server, application and data security.


Central Desktop also offers a private cloud that isn’t subject to larger public cloud breaches or issues.




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