SOURCE: Armor5


September 16, 2013 08:00 ET

Armor5 Solves BYOD Security With World's First On-Demand Cloud Security Service With Full Document Editing

Mobile Workers Securely Edit Documents Using Any Device -- While IT Gains Data Loss Prevention and Mobile Policy Enforcement

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 16, 2013) - Armor5, the creator of Zero Touch BYOD for enterprise mobile security, today announced Armor5 CloudEdit -- an on-demand cloud security breakthrough that gives users the freedom to securely use any device to edit Microsoft® Office documents that are stored on-premise or in a cloud service, such as Box or Dropbox, without downloading or requiring a native mobile app on the device.

Armor5 CloudEdit is an enhancement to the Armor5 service, an award-winning on-demand cloud security solution that instantly provides access to enterprise applications, data, content and cloud services in a standard browser with zero installs or configuration required. Armor5 is device agnostic, enforces compliance and privacy policies, and eliminates the risk of data leakage by never letting corporate information reside on users' devices.

"We are finally liberating the mobile workforce from IT's mandate to use corporate-owned or managed devices to get work done," said Suresh Balasubramanian, CEO of Armor5. "For the first time, mobile and remote users can securely create and consume enterprise content and data on their personal device of choice. We have companies in the financial services, healthcare, law and high-tech industries embracing the powerful benefits of on-demand cloud security with Zero Touch using Armor5."

"According to CIOs, enterprises that offer only corporate-liable programs will become the exception soon," states Gartner (BYOD: The Facts and the Future, David A. Willis, April 2013.) "38% of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016. We estimate that only 15% of companies will never provide any BYOD option, and the remaining 40% of companies will offer both styles of programs."

In the same report, Gartner says, "Unsurprisingly, security is the top concern for BYOD. After decades of owning the device that a business user would use and centering much of its security protections around control over the endpoint, the new BYOD model makes the business more like a cloud service provider. Security has to exist in the application, in data controls and in add-on capabilities like containerization or virtualization."

"With the proliferation of BYOD, it's becoming clear that locking down individual devices is an antiquated model," said Michael Osterman, President of Osterman Research. "We need to maximize productivity by giving workers the ultimate flexibility to use any device, but without burdening IT with unsustainable device management or the corporation with additional security, compliance and privacy exposure."

Armor5 CloudEdit empowers mobile workers within BYOD environments to be more productive by enabling users to view and edit Microsoft Office documents. Unlike other mobile virtualization services, Armor5 CloudEdit is a high fidelity, low latency cloud solution that can be used to view and edit documents stored on the corporate intranet or enterprise applications like SharePoint, Excel, PowerPoint and Word. The Armor5 service simply connects to a company's existing secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) and provisions BYOD user access through a secure URL from any device using a standard browser.

Device Agnostic: Armor5 works on any device (e.g. smartphone, tablet, laptop), uses the standard browser and works through any network (WiFi, 3G, 4G, 4G LTE).

Instant Access: Users gain instant access to all on-premise apps, content and cloud services, with editing support for Microsoft Office documents.

Data Loss Prevention (DLP): Armor5 dynamically creates a dedicated secure container in the cloud that unifies a company's private cloud, intranet and public cloud services. No data ever resides or is cached on user devices -- as a result, data loss is eliminated along with potential fines and penalties in the event of a breach or accidental wipe.

Compliance & Privacy Policy Enforcement: Armor5 seamlessly supports policy controls and role-based rights management. All data flows can be audited with support for HIPAA, FINRA and FISMA compliance. Potential privacy breaches are eliminated, since there is no need for corporate IT to manage individual users' devices.

Zero Touch Management: Armor5 is a 100% cloud solution with no installs (client or server) or configurations on the device or DMZ required. This on-demand cloud service uses a dedicated URL and the company's existing VPN (virtual private network) connection.

Armor5 CloudEdit is available as part of the Armor5 service. For a free trial, visit:

About Armor5

Armor5 is the creator of Zero Touch BYOD for Enterprise Mobile Security. The company has developed a unique on-demand cloud security service that gives users instant access to their corporate apps, data and content on any device while simultaneously protecting enterprises against data loss, information security breaches and compliance liabilities. The Armor5 'Zero Touch BYOD' approach requires zero installs or configuration, operates with a zero performance deficit, and leaves zero data on mobile devices -- completely eliminating the risk of data loss. Founded in 2011 by former executives from Adobe, Motorola and Yahoo, the company is privately held with patent-pending technology and investment from Trinity Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners and Citrix Startup Accelerator. For more information, visit or follow @armor5Inc.

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