e-Share joins the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association

BOSTON, MA

e-Share, a global external collaboration software company, today announced that it has joined the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), a coalition of independent software vendors and managed security service providers that have integrated their solutions into Microsoft’s security product ecosystem to help joint clients better defend against a world of increasing cybersecurity threats. To be considered for MISA, organizations must be nominated by Microsoft and demonstrate integrations that support the goal of improving enterprise security, compliance or identity.

e-Share’s External File Sharing and Collaboration platform integrates with Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) to ensure that business-critical external file sharing, using Microsoft Teams, Microsoft SharePoint Online, and OneDrive, is done in a secure way, using the organization’s data classification and data protection policies. This allows organizations to share more data with its clients, partners, and suppliers to drive business growth, while not compromising on security or compliance.

“The necessity to share files with clients, suppliers and partners and collaborate from a distance has never been more necessary,” says Nick Stamos, e-Share co-founder and CEO. “Our integration with Microsoft Information Protection enables e-Share to secure this file sharing based on our customer’s data classification and data protection policies in an easy, reliable and brand-safe way.”

“Microsoft compliance solutions help organizations intelligently assess risk, govern and protect sensitive data, and effectively respond to regulatory requirements,” said Hammad Raijoub, director, Product Marketing, Microsoft 365 Suite. “Members of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association, like e-Share, offer solutions that benefit from Microsoft’s rich extensibility scenarios for compliance to adapt, extend, integrate, and accelerate member solutions for our shared customers.” 

About e-Share

e-Share is a leading provider of enterprise software solutions for file sharing and content collaboration with external parties using Microsoft 365. We enable organizations to engage their clients, partners and suppliers easily and securely using the productivity tools and workflows users are already familiar with – Teams, SharePoint Online, Outlook and OneDrive. Our solutions make customer experience and file-based workflow transformation practical through the easy, secure, and collaborative sharing of essential data with customers, suppliers and partners.

Podcast – What Is Your Microsoft O365 Data Protection Strategy?

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Podcast Episode Description

When enterprises move from a no-cloud to a cloud-first model, they quickly experience security problems with externally sharing files and collaborating with clients, partners, and other third parties. Since nearly everyone has adopted cloud-based collaboration and sharing tools in some form like Microsoft Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint Online, securing these tools and extending them to support external collaboration efforts has become a top-of-mind issue.

Listen to the Founder and CEO of e-Share, Nicholas Stamos, and the Director of Core Security Architecture for Humana, Mitchell Greenfield, explain how you can secure your data in your transition to cloud based collaboration tools right here on Episode #156 of Task Force 7 Radio.

Initiating Your External File Sharing & Content Collaboration from Within Microsoft Office Apps

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e-Share’s Add-in for Microsoft Office allows users to initiate their external file sharing and collaboration from within the apps they use to create most of their shared content…Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This improves productivity by eliminating the task and app switching that would otherwise be required to share newly created content.

Digital Transformation at the Micro Level

Organizations are increasingly looking to optimize their business processes and use digital technologies to transform their business to achieve better outcomes for clients, employees and shareholders. With the e-Share Add-in for Microsoft Office Apps, this transformation can extend down to the individual user and document level, to the time and place that content is created within Microsoft Office and the business need to share new content emerges.

Sharing at the Time & Place of Content Creation

The add-in allows users to create a “Trusted Share” from within Word, Excel and PowerPoint that contains the document being newly created. The Trusted Share is made available to recipients, both inside and outside of your organizations, with access and usage rights determined by the selected sharing policy.

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These policies are defined by your organization and can include a wide range of controls…e.g. view, edit, co-author, download, watermark, expiration, share with others, and authentication. Because Trusted Shares are a collaboration object, not merely a pointer to a shared file, recipients can optionally upload files into a Trusted Share…e.g. perhaps a counter proposal to a shared document.

Easy & Highly Collaborative File Sharing

As with all Trusted Shares created through the use of e-Share, the recipient receives a notification of the Trusted Share and, once accessed via the provided link, sees a fully branded file sharing and virtual data room portal. The entire experience is branded per the needs of e-Share’s clients…their logo, colors, and terms of use. Even the URL for the portal and all file links use a subdomain and associated certificate belonging to our client (i.e. files.your-company.com).

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This 100% white labeling capability promotes the brand of our client’s, instills trust, addresses recipient phishing concerns and prevents the link blocking common to file sharing directly from Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and SharePoint.

And with our optional Secure Conversations capability, the recipient can message the owner of the Trusted Share, perhaps acknowledging receipt or providing a requested approval.

The Trusted Share owner can see any replies from recipients within the Add-in and optionally reply. They can also open the Trusted Share associated with the shared document to change sharing options, expire the share, add/remove recipients, add additional documents, view any files uploaded by the recipient, and generally manage the Trusted Share.

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How do I get the add-in?

The Add-in for Microsoft Office is a user or organization installed extension to Microsoft applications that is available from the Microsoft Store. Once added to Word, Excel or PowerPoint, either in Office Online or Desktop app, it will be available across all instances of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, accessed from the toolbar ribbon.

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Share the Way You Work

e-Share’s Add-in for Office, coupled with the existing Add-in for Outlook and Bot for Teams, allows users to share files with external parties using whatever workflow they are most comfortable with. In all cases this sharing is performed using a common set of org-defined sharing policies that meet the collaboration needs of the business while assuring compliance with the organization’s data protection and governance policies.

A fuller description of the e-Share platform for external file sharing and content collaboration can be found on our site.

Schedule a demo with us to learn more.

Visit the e-Share web site for details on use cases, success stories and product features.

Keep Your External Collaborations Secure and on Track with e-Share and Microsoft Power BI

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In meeting the external file sharing, secure email and content collaboration needs of our clients, e-Share has always sought to leverage applications, storage and work flows our clients already have in place. The goal being to increase productivity and drive down IT costs wherever possible.

This extends to the reporting and analytics our clients require to understand what information is being shared with outside parties and how this information is being used. This visibility into how and with whom external collaboration happens allows our clients to keep their information secure and their teams on track.

Though many of our clients output e-Share event logs to Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) products like Splunk, they are always looking to better collect, analyze and act upon the untapped value of the data e-Share generates, giving them the insights to improve the productivity and security of their external collaborations. With the accelerating adoption of Office 365, Microsoft Power BI is increasingly the platform of choice to provide these insights.

e-Share has fully embraced Power BI by creating dashboards and drill down reports that present a variety of views into the e-Share audit data. These reports are hosted in e-Share’s Power BI workspace, running in Microsoft Azure, and published for secure access by our clients using their Power BI license. We can optionally output the e-Share audit data to the cloud file storage of our client’s choosing (e.g. SharePoint Online), from where they can create their own Power BI reports, using our standard report as a starting point for their work.

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In the report example above we see a high-level view of the external file sharing an organization called Bank2Trust has done. 910 files have been shared by 50 users, with those files being shared from a combination of OneDrive and SharePoint and this sharing increasing over time. A spike in activity occurs on August 4th that invites a closer look. By selecting that peak in the timeline (see the image below), the graphs are now scoped to that day alone, where I can see that the majority of that activity is attributed to file sharing done by Nikos and that these activities are mostly file updates, which are in most all cases innocuous. Note the many filters available to further drill down into the considerable detail that e-Share logs related to Trusted Share creation and usage.

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The two reports shown above provide an overview, but often times a much more detailed view into Trusted Sharing is needed. For this we provide a much more detailed report, which additionally includes the recipients of Trusted Shares, the specific files that were shared, the rights granted to the recipients, and the actions taken on these shared files by the recipients (see the image below).

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It may be interesting to look at specific user, data and action combinations to identify external sharing that is worrisome from a data protection standpoint. In the report below we’ve scoped the report to download events only. We see that the majority of recipient downloads are being performed by the recipient organization “e-Share” from Trusted Shares created by Alice. If Alice is a supply chain manager and e-Share a known supplier with an NDA, this activity is not concerning.

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If I were to be curious about the specific files involved and when the downloads occurred, scrolling down in this report yields further details (see image below). As with all of the reports, powerful filters are available to home in on the activity of specific interest.

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Trusted Share reporting and analytics via Power BI provides the visibility into how and with whom external collaboration happens so that you can keep your information secure and your collaborations on track.

Schedule a demo with us to learn more.

Visit the e-Share web site for details on use cases, success stories and product features.

e-Share Collaboration Bot Now Available in MS Teams Store, AppSource

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e-Share is proud to announce that our External Collaboration Bot for Microsoft Teams is now available in the Teams Store as well as Microsoft AppSource.

In brief: very often the result of a Teams collaboration are files that need review or other use by outside parties – consultants, suppliers, even customers. With the e-Share Bot, you can securely share files and conversations from within the app – without enabling “External Guest Access” for the entire company.

e-Share’s fine grained sharing options, defined by your organization, can restrict access to view-only, require watermark with the recipient’s email and IP address for download, limit to editing online via O365 – and more. The bot even notifies share owners as recipients access content, or upload their own.

Learn more about the bot here. Or contact us to schedule a demo anytime!

External Collaboration Use Cases for Microsoft Teams WITHOUT Enabling Guest Access

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Earlier this week, Microsoft Teams tweeted a terrific list of use cases for each department.

We thought we’d complement that with a set of external collaboration and sharing use cases for Microsoft Teams:

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These can be quickly and easily supported by installing e-Share’s Bot for Microsoft Teams – without enabling external guest access. Most large or regulated companies simply can’t allow external guest access. (Much as they block most cloud sharing services.) It’s too “all or nothing” without fine grained controls like automatic expiration, edit-only access, or watermarking.

After using Teams heavily for the past year at e-Share, we’ve noticed an interesting pattern. Virtually every time we need to engage with outsiders, we debate and discuss designs, objectives and requirements in Teams. It can get pretty intense.

When we finish the debate, we have to share the finished result with outsiders.

Sharing the entire discussion is not a good idea… we might well have discussed the vendors, technologies, or details of our customers. Among many potentially sensitive topics.

With the e-Share External Collaboration Bot, you just ask it to share any conversation and attachments…

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The bot can fully access e-Share’s fine grained sharing policies, as detailed in this article from last month.

Please, register for a demo to see how the bot can support these use cases for your organization!

We’d also love to hear about use cases that may be challenging, problematic or valuable to your company – feel free to submit a comment below!

e-Share Bot for Microsoft Teams Compliantly Incorporates External Parties in Collaboration

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e-Share is delighted to announce availability of our new Bot for Microsoft Teams.

e-Share Bot for Microsoft Teams Compliantly Incorporates External Parties in Collaboration

The bot makes it simple and fun for employees to include external parties in collaboration, while automatically ensuring compliance with organizational security policies.

Try the Bot in the Teams Store with just a few clicks. Search for e-Share and then click on the tile to install it. (You’ll need admin privileges to install for all users.)

You can also try it out via Microsoft AppSource.

Please visit our website to learn more! Or contact us with any questions. (And if you aren’t sure what Teams is all about, try this video…)