Vera Branching Out to Integrate with Duo Security, RSA SecureID, Twilio

Vera’s job is to bolster users’ ability to ensure that only trusted individuals can access sensitive information in real time, regardless of its location.


Data-centric security automator Vera continues to branch out and provide its second layer of security to key cloud platforms.

Back in January, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup worked out an integration with Microsoft to protect Office 365 across a number of platforms. Subsequently, on May 23, Vera will announce new integrations with authentication platforms Duo Security, RSA SecureID and Twilio.

By enabling multi-factor authentication and supporting multiple identity management (IDM) solutions, Vera’s job is to bolster users’ ability to ensure that only trusted individuals can access sensitive information in real time, regardless of its location. Insider-based breaches are estimated to represent 60 to 80 percent of all enterprise security breaches.

Vera's flexibility in both authentication protocol and second-factor method allows customers to integrate Vera into their existing infrastructure and preferred single-sign-on (SSO) solution. Vera also works with any provider that supports SAML 2.0, oAuth, Okta, Ping, Centrify, OneLogin and Microsoft.

Automates Data Security Across Various Applications

For Microsoft, Vera automates data security across OneDrive and SharePoint, ensures that permissions remain with files regardless of how they're shared, and enables seamless external collaboration without requiring proprietary software installs, the company said.

The 3-year-old startup, whose product went GA (general availability) in April 2015, literally breaks down IT security to its most basic component: the protection of each file individually by putting it into a secure wrapper. No matter where the file goes, it cannot be viewed by a hacker inside any IT system without the key for the file.

Yet, Vera is not exclusively about protecting individual files; the software provides a way for users to protect all their digital content wherever it is moved.

"We’re making multi-factor authentication dynamic, user-friendly and highly context-aware," said Prakash Linga, CTO and co-founder of Vera. “Providing the right level of protection to enterprise data is critical to a successful information security strategy, and it’s key to complying with regulations like the NY DFS (New York State Department of Financial Services) and the EU GDPR (European Union General Data Protection Regulation).”

81 Percent of Hacking-Related Breaches Due to Stolen or Weak Passwords

In a world where the frequency and scale of data breaches is rapidly accelerating, the need for better, more sophisticated ways to protect data confidentiality is increasing. According to the recently released 2017 Verizon Data Breach Report, 81 percent of hacking-related breaches used stolen and or weak passwords.

By ensuring that an enterprise’s most valuable intellectual property, personnel files and customer data is protected directly by a dynamic second factor, security teams can prevent access to content even when credentials have been compromised by a reused, phished, or otherwise exposed password, Linga said.

Vera’s newly supported multi-factor authentication offers the following features:

  • Secure classified data with an extra factor: Dynamically adds a context-aware second factor authentication challenge from users accessing highly sensitive content.
  • Integrate with RSA SecureID, Duo Security and Twilio: With a seamless integration into these modern multi-factor authentication providers, Vera extends their protections to data directly.
  • Enforce user identity and access control: Provides additional assurance and protection against compromised credentials due to weak or shared passwords.
  • Protect sensitive, classified data: Automatically labels, secures and tracks valuable information according to the organization’s data classification policy and protects against data loss.

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