F-Secure cloud service aims for SMEs

F-Secure has taken the wraps off an SME cloud secure service to try and restore some confidence in hosted data offerings

Finnish security vendor F-Secure has launched a scaled up version of its consumer cloud-based service for small and medium enterprises as it attempts to address the security and management concerns that many SMEs have about hosted services.

F-Secure says the youunited for Business service is characterised by rigorous security and encryption and it is also playing up the fact that it’s a European-based cloud. 

Many cloud companies operate out of the US and with US law enabling law enforcement to seize information from these companies, and following the Edward Snowden revelations that large and indiscriminate spying is carried by the US National Security Agency, many European companies are understandably reluctant to commit their information to the cloud.

F-Secure claims that its cloud offering has a raft of robust security practices in place to protect data from prying eyes.

In a survey carried out last year by F-Secure, 45% of companies who don’t use a file syncing and sharing cloud solution cited lack of control and security issues as the main reasons for not doing so. The Snowden revelations have also fuelled concerns about privacy.

Timo Laaksonen, vice president of content cloud, F-Secure said: “Businesses worry about putting business critical information and company secrets in the hands of another company."

“Is that company’s software vulnerable? Do they have proper privacy practices in place? Are there back doors? Younited for Business offers rock-solid security and encryption in a European cloud away from prying eyes," he added.

Younited for Business provides project management, workflow and immediate access to business information from anywhere.  A Group Spaces feature enables teams to share the latest versions of a file while files are accessible from anywhere, with any device and the service is available in three storage options 5GB, 100GB, and 500GB.

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