Could Egress Put an End to Data Breaches?

Kara Reeder

A new data exchange system from Egress Software Technologies could finally put an end to breaches after data is forwarded in error, stolen or lost.


Computer Business Review reports that the system is called Switch. It uses encryption and a web-based policy engine to enforce security rules on data before and after it is shared. Bob Egner, President of U.S. Operations explains:

It assigns an identity to each package and applies real-time controls on what a recipient can do with a file that is shared with them.

Enger says Switch in no way interferes with business processes, as recipient assignments sit in the policy engine in the cloud, notes When someone tries to access a secure package, the engine checks their identity to allow or decline their access. This also creates an audit trail to all file-sharing activity. In addition, a user can "pull information back" if it needs to be recalled.


Currently supporting Microsoft Windows Vista and XP, Egress Switch is offered as a monthly subscription for $9.49 per month, with annual subscriptions for businesses starting at $34 per year for each seat.

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Mar 17, 2009 7:41 AM Derek Beckwith Derek Beckwith  says:

Digital Rights Management may sound like a great way to handle sensitive data, but in reality DRM has failed to catch on in scores of other applications. This (DRM) approach might be a good tool to add to your arsenal of weapons, but the fundamental basis of a good data breach prevention strategy lies in also protecting your entire organization through ongoing training, cross-departmental policies, and compliance. I recommend visiting Identity Force ( to learn more.

Remember that most breaches are not caused by hacks or cyber attacks.


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