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Vera Launches IRM-as-a-Service Platform

New IRM-as-a-Service Platform Helps Developers Build Data Security Into Applications

Just weeks after announcing that it had closed a $17 million Series B funding round, data protection startup Vera has officially launched its new cloud-based Information Rights Management (IRM) platform. 

The company calls its new offering a “IRMaaS” or IRM-as-a-Service, which enables developers to use its platform to build encryption, tracking, policy enforcement, and access control into applications.

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According to the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company, developers can use the platform to implement data security features into new applications from the start, or retrofit older applications with added protections.

“By using Vera’s new software development kit (SDK) and RESTful APIs, enterprises can directly protect and manage access to any data generated by custom-built business applications,” the company explained. “Once protected, security teams can use Vera to gain full visibility into how that data is used, anywhere it travels.

Developers can leverage the Vera client SDK to grant custom applications the ability to secure data, set IRM policy and permissions, and revoke file access.

The SDK and APIs were designed to support applications on multiple platforms, including Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows, in addition to applications written in C++ and Java.  

“In today’s world, we can no longer afford to treat data security as an add-on or afterthought. Instead, we must establish a security model that can be woven directly into the enterprise software and hardware stack,” Ajay Arora, CEO and co-founder of Vera, said in a statement.

IRM-as-a-Service is available immediately through Vera’s SDK to customers and developers through the Vera Dashboard.

Since launching in April 2015, the company says it has brought on customers that have resulted in more than a quarter million users being protected by its technology.

The startup, which has raised more than $31 million in funding to date, has established partnerships with technology firms, such as Dropbox, Okta, and Centrify, and has integrations with Box, VMware, and Microsoft.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring and analyzing trends in the enterprise IT security space and the threat landscape. In his role at SecurityWeek he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and manages several leading security conferences.