File Fabric File Encryption Update

The File Fabric provides various forms of encryption to protect files which has been touched upon previously in blog posts:

Use Encryption to Continuously Protect Multi-Cloud Data With the Enterprise File Fabric

Using the File Fabric to Provide Security of Data Across Storage Silos With Streamed Encryption

GDPR Watch – Transparent encryption of data

Why you, and not your storage vendor, need to manage your encryption

Encryption can be managed by IT at a data storage or folder level and it can be integrated with separate encryption vault, such as the Hashicorp vault.

There is however another type of encryption that the File Fabric supports, that is often turned off for end users in a corporate setting but which can be useful for certain use cases. This is personal or end user manage encryption. This type of encryption enables end users, for whom this is made available, to add their own encryption key for file uploads. This encryption key is not stored on the server. If lost the file(s) that have been encrypted are unable to be decrypted.

This type of encryption is not used often in a corporate setting as it is disabled but it can have its place for extreme privacy, for very senior executives of the business for example, or for external partner sharing of files that are very sensitive in which only the partner and the sharer know the secret phrase.

In the past using this type of encryption could be onerous within the web file manager because the encryption key/phrase would need to be remembered each time a file was uploaded or downloaded.

A small enhancement that was recently made was to remember the encryption phrase being used for the duration of the session, enhancing the user experience:

If more than one upload is

End User Encryption

This also works for any files that are then double clicked for download. Instead of asking for an encryption phrase the last used phrase will be used.  If the phrase fails (perhaps the end user is using a different phrase per folder or per file) then a user will be prompted to enter a new phrase.

Personal Encryption

Note that this type of encryption can be used wherever the File Fabric can be accessed, this included for example the File Fabric Microsoft Teams integration.

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