This enterprise secure messaging platform – with zero knowledge architecture – may be a Keeper

Worried that your organisation’s messaging tools aren’t up to scratch security-wise? Keeper Security may have the answer.

The Chicago-based security vendor has announced that KeeperChat, its secure chat and private messenger platform, is now available at SMB and enterprise level.

The platform, available on Windows, Mac OS, Android and iOS, was originally launched in March, and offers a variety of features, from biometric login, to zero knowledge encrypted security architecture, alongside the more standard cloud backup and two-factor authentication.

The zero knowledge architecture does what it says on the tin – it means that only the user is able to decrypt and access information on their device – while another interesting feature enables users to ‘self-destruct’ with message retraction and, in more extreme cases, disabling the device itself.

Those who work at larger organisations are more likely to see popular messaging tools such as WhatsApp unavailable to use. According to the most recent quarterly analysis from mobile security provider Appthority, WhatsApp Messenger and Facebook Messenger continue to be blacklisted. Primary reasons for apps to be banned, according to the company, are fears around data leakage, as well as vulnerabilities around disabling default HTTPS encryption.

“As working hours extend beyond a traditional nine to five schedule, employee collaboration is increasingly conducted via texting and messaging apps,” the company notes. “Companies need a comprehensive communication tool with the convenience of messaging apps, to access both inside and outside the office, with added control, privacy and usability features.”

It has been a conversation which has taken place almost since mobile devices were first permitted in the workplace; how can we get the trade-off right between greater productivity and still ensuring security? In some industries, such as healthcare, practitioners believe secure texting is the best solution – a study in June found 96% of hospitals polled were either budgeting for or investing in ‘comprehensive clinical communication platforms’ by the end of 2018.

Those at the sharp end are getting their act together. Slack, which broke the $7 billion valuation mark with series H funding in August, continues to update its enterprise offering, while Facebook acquired Redkix, an Israel-based secure messaging platform, in July.

Find out more about KeeperChat for Business and Enterprise here.

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