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This Message Will Self Destruct – VaporStream Updates Confidential Messaging Platform

Solution Provides Secure Messaging Platform Allowing Messages to “Vaporize” After Being Read

VaporStream today introduced the next generation of its confidential messaging platform, providing users a way to communicate confidentially without fear of private conversations being compromised.

Solution Provides Secure Messaging Platform Allowing Messages to “Vaporize” After Being Read

VaporStream today introduced the next generation of its confidential messaging platform, providing users a way to communicate confidentially without fear of private conversations being compromised.

Confidential Messaging PlatformVaporStream’s platform features expanded mobile access, desktop ease-of-use, as well as content filtering capabilities to provide enterprises with a confidential business communications channel. VaporStream enables recordless messaging interactions that eliminate the potential for damaging information compromises and regulatory compliance infractions that can occur with email, instant and text messaging.

Because no VaporStream message is ever stored on a disk drive, only in RAM, there is no record of the transaction at the point of sending, in transit or at the receiver’s end. VaporStream messages can be sent and read at a user’s convenience, but unlike email, they “vaporize” after being read. The company says that its solution has been forensically verified that messages in the system, once reviewed, no longer exist anywhere. VaporStream messages cannot be copy/cut/pasted, forwarded, saved or printed, preventing sensitive information from being passed on to parties who should not see it. The system utilizes TLS encryption during transit, and patented technology that slpits the header from the body of the message to prevent meaningful end point “screen grabs” that reveal a sender’s identity.

It is it ethical and legal? The company says its solution is no more unethical to use than to have an un-recorded conversation in the hall, at lunch, or in a confidential meeting. VaporStream is optimal for private conversations on strategy, mergers, risks and opportunities. It is also effective for discussions regarding salary, benefits, hire/fire, litigation, contracts, intellectual property, product road maps, and normal, healthy, private day-to-day conversations … electronically. The company also emphasizes that it’s legal – unless you are a bank or similar institution that has specific, special retention requirements.

“The headlines are rife with stories about sensitive information being misused after delivery over email and other channels,” said Jack Hembrough, CEO of VaporStream. “This results in damaged reputations, fines for compliance violations, and a loss of proprietary information. VaporStream combines the confidentiality of face-to-face discussion with the convenience of electronic messaging technology to restore privacy to the enterprise.”

VaporStream is a software-as-a-service solution designed for enterprises of all sizes. It is particularly suited for industries where enterprises must communicate information that is highly sensitive, such as law, healthcare, government, military intelligence and insurance.

Key updates to the VaporStream secure messaging platform include:

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Expanded Mobile Access: VaporStream Mobile provides a broad range of clients for mobile devices, including a new integrated Android application. This compliments recent upgrades for RIM BlackBerry (OS 4.2 or greater), Windows Smartphone and PocketPC, Apple iPhone (iOS 3.1 or greater) and iPad (iOS 3.2 or greater). A new VaporStream universal Web browser provides access from a wide assortment of other devices as well. VaporStream Mobile clients allow users to easily read or write email or VaporStream messages with a single click. All platforms receive “push notification” when a message is delivered to a device inbox.

Enhanced Desktop Ease-of-Use and Integration: VaporStream Desktop enables users to send, receive and be notified of new messages on their desktop computers. The VaporStream Desktop client has been enhanced to tightly integrate contacts from Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes.

Easier Administration and Keyword Filtering: The VaporStream Enterprise Server (VES) offers larger enterprises easy administration and greater control over message content. The VES now interfaces with Microsoft Active Directory, IBM/Lotus Domino and other LDAP servers for simple and fast enterprise-wide user provisioning, ongoing authentication and authorization management. Also, administrators can utilize keyword filtering to specify words prohibited for use, further preventing dissemination of sensitive information.

Available immediately, the VaporStream service costs $7.50 per user, per month.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.

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