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Easy encryption for cloud data security

Scram Software : 14 February, 2018  (New Product)
ScramFS provides smaller businesses with easy to use encryption that clarifies the process of protecting data as well as providing compliance

Scram Software has announced that ScramFS – an internationally peer-reviewed encryption system for safeguarding cloud data – is now available to UK SMEs, government and not-for-profit organisations, enabling fast and easy encryption of sensitive data to reduce breaches and assist GDPR compliance.  

“Unfortunately, the world is experiencing an epidemic of data breaches. As both a business owner and a citizen I believe there is a moral obligation to protect citizens’ data, as well as a legal need due to regulations including the incoming GDPR,” said Linus Chang, CEO & founder of Scram Software. “However, the data breach problem only seems to get worse with time, pointing to some serious problems with IT security. For SMEs and non-profit organisations, who are often struggling with limited IT staff and budget, these challenges have been exacerbated by having increasing amounts of data to protect, stored in many different places. ScramFS is a new encryption toolkit designed to counteract these problems and dramatically improve information security, by empowering system administrators and software developers to encrypt sensitive data quickly and easily, thus making data files unintelligible to hackers and other unauthorised persons.”

Researched, developed and peer-reviewed over three years by a team of security experts including Dr Ron Steinfeld, a leader in post-quantum cryptography (Monash University, Australia), and Dr Toby Murray, a leader in software security (The University of Melbourne, Australia), ScramFS provides fully transparent client-side data encryption to help organisations bolster their cyber defences and level of GDPR compliance. Specifically, ScramFS enables organisations to implement encryption and pseudonymisation security protections (Article 32) by design and default (Article 25), while also mitigating the obligations of reporting data breaches to data subjects (Article 34).

ScramFS is also designed to be long-term secure: most of today’s cryptosystems are expected to be broken by quantum computers within 15 years, but ScramFS uses only quantum-resistant techniques, so what users encrypt today will be secure for years and decades to come.

Cryptography has long had a reputation for being notoriously difficult or troublesome to implement, yet statistics show that security improves when IT professionals have quality tools and documentation showing them exactly how to perform specific tasks. With this in mind, Scram Software has created an ‘encryption cookbook’ accompanying ScramFS, enabling system administrators and DevOps engineers to follow ‘recipes’ for protecting many types of data, from encrypting a WordPress website backup, for example, to the encryption of a MySQL or Microsoft SQL Server backup.
Scram Software launches ScramFS.

“With GDPR compliance becoming enforceable in just 100 days’ time, our ScramFS encryption cookbook is a quick and easy reference that helps organisations to secure their data in a hurry and with minimal effort,” commented Chang.

ScramFS also features a simple Application Programming Interface (API) that allows software developers to add encryption into their applications, delivering secure systems by design and default by encrypting data early, thereby mitigating the possible effects of future breaches or lapses in security.

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