WatchDox was an Israeli file security and digital rights management (DRM) startup acquired by BlackBerry in early 2015. The company is now integrating Watchdox offerings into BlackBerry with two new enterprise services – WatchDox and Email Protector.
WatchDox file management
WatchDox provides businesses with the means of automatically controlling and securing files sent through email, by embedding file-level DRM protection; even after they leave the organization’s firewall. The file management platform enables multi-OS synchronization and sharing, says the company. The file management system provides unified access to content in SharePoint, file shares, cloud storage services and Enterprise Content Management Systems (ECMs). Users can access, sync, edit, share and control their files from any device.
WatchDox is available for Mac OS X, Windows PC, Android, iOS and BlackBerry 10 devices. WatchDox file sync and share integration will be available for Salesforce.com and Microsoft Office online.
BlackBerry Email Protector
Email Protector leverages the WatchDox platform to automatically apply DRM protection to email attachments sent through an organization’s email gateway, says BlackBerry.
The protection rules can be customized, based on controllable policies such as recipient or file type. Administrators can protect or exempt specific file types, users or entire domains. In addition, Email Protector places attached files into an IT-controlled WatchDox repository, and replaces the file with a download link in the original email.
Email Protector also integrates with email Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions to enforce file-level security based on DLP security policies. If the DLP system identifies an email with sensitive business information, WatchDox will embed DRM security into the attachment before it leaves the firewall.