Last week at VMworld 2013 I learned about AFORE Solutions (Yeah, they capitalize it all), a ten-year-old software company with a new product called CypherX which freaking rocks!
The best way to describe CypherX is that it's kind of like MAM for Windows. They have an agent you can use to protect certain Windows executables, and when they're protected, anything that goes "out" of the application is encrypted—files saved, clipboard, etc. The cool thing is multiple Windows applications can be configured to share the same encryption, so you could allow work email to save files which could be opened by work Visio, but if a user emailed the file to himself then it wouldn't work on their home Visio.
What's really cool about CypherX is since it encrypts any files a protected app lays down, you can let your users use whatever file sharing or file syncing platform they want. If they have a CypherX-protected app on multiple computers, great! And if not, no problem!
The way I found out about AFORE is that they had a booth at VMworld right next to TechTarget. (In other news: TechTarget has a booth at VMworld! We do the "Best of VMworld" awards for them and in return they give us a booth.) Actually AFORE won something (or was a finalist? I forget) for one of their other products in the "Best of VMworld" awards, and afterwards they came up to me (I was the MC for the awards show) and said, "You need to come visit us." I told them that I only tracked the EUC space, and they said, "Yeah, we have a VDI product too!" While I was looking for an excuse to blow them off, they added, "And we're right next to your booth!"
So I ended up talking to AFORE Sr. Product Manager Tim Bramble. He gave me the following demo:
My only critique is that they seem to be targeting this product for VDI environments, but it seems to me that this is something that would be useful to all 500 million corporate Windows desktops and laptops in the world? Seriously, I've never seen anything like this before, and it seems awesome. What do you think?
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