November 08, 2013, 1:10 PM — You may love Dropbox, but your IT admin likely hates it. Consumer cloud platforms create headaches for the folks who worry about the security of corporate data and what happens to files when a person leaves the company.
SecuriSync is a new cloud platform that addresses such concerns by giving an administrator the ability to audit and control employees' files; know who edits, deletes, or shares a file and with whom they share it; and wipe a mobile device of company data if it's lost or stolen or a user's employment ends. And unlike many other cloud storage solutions, SecuriSync makes use of both at-rest and in-transit encryption, meaning a malefactor can't read data when it's stored or as it travels from one place to another.
Box for Enterprise comes the closest to providing this kind of security says Mike Gold, President of Intermedia, the Mountain View, California-based company that created SecuriSync. But SecuriSync trumps Box with a 99.999% service level agreement (SLA), which amounts to promising to be up and running nine full hours a year more than other companies that only offer a 99.9% SLA.
"We've built our solution where everything is redundant--servers, data centers, storage, routers--everything that we've done is replicated so if one goes down the other picks up," Gold says.
In contrast with Box for Enterprise, SecuriSync also lets a user set different sharing permissions for sub-folders, includes Microsoft Office and Outlook integrations, allows unlimited file sizes, and offers 24/7 phone support.
SecuriSync is available as a stand-alone product that starts at $5 a month for 10GB per user or as part of a suite called Office in the Cloud, which also includes Microsoft Exchange email, conferencing and security services, and instant messaging, all of which you can get for $15 a month per user. Intermedia also offers less expensive Office in the Cloud tiers as low as $8 a month per user, as well as a $40-a-month-per-user plan that adds hosted PBX business-grade VoIP-based phone service.
Office in the Cloud is a key differentiator when holding SecuriSync up against Box and Dropbox, Gold says.
"If you are small [or] medium business and you want to simplify your life, you don't want to have to deal with 30 different vendors for all the different services that you're getting," he says. "You don't want to worry about how they all integrate together and you don't want to worry about having your end users memorize 30 different logins and passwords. You want it all to work together really easily."