Startup Sookasa Aims to Secure Dispersed Cloud Files
The new company, which has raised more than $6.5 million in funding, attempts to solve the challenge of accidental sharing of cloud-based storage.Cloud security startup Sookasa is emerging from stealth mode today, with the launch of its cloud security technology that aims to solve the challenge of distributed file security. To fuel product and market development, Sookasa has raised $5 million in a Series A round of funding being announced today. The company had previously raised $1.65 million in a seed round of funding. Leading the company is an Israeli father and son team—Asaf Cidon serves as co-founder and CEO of the company, and his father, Israel Cidon, is the company's co-founder and chief technology officer. Israel Cidon previously ran a company called Actona that was sold to Cisco in 2004 for $100 million. The big idea behind Sookasa is that cloud file services such as Dropbox represent a compliance challenge for organizations looking to secure data. While there are multiple vendors and solutions in the market that aim to provide encryption for cloud-based storage services, Asaf Cidon doesn't think that they go far enough because of a problem he refers to as data scattering. With Dropbox, for example, data can be set to synchronize across multiple user devices, including desktop and mobile devices. In multiuser instances of cloud storage where an organization could be sharing files with any number of different people, the challenge of data scattering is further compounded.
Cidon said that with a cloud storage service, when an employee loses a phone or tablet, there is the potential for a large breach, since data could have been synchronized across the company from the cloud. One of the big risks related to cloud file storage is from unencrypted files, though that's not the only challenge, he said. Another risk is from the accidental sharing of files from the cloud storage service.