Sookasa Inc. has announced general availability of Sookasa Compliance as a Service, which encrypts files wherever they are and while in transit.

The service enables users of cloud-based hosting services such as Dropbox and Gmail, as well as desktop and mobile devices, to have a higher level of data security by being able to download information to an unencrypted device and have it encrypted during transit and while on the device. In addition, only other people authorized by the user can access data. Windows and Mac users can work with files while encrypted.

San Mateo, Calif.-based Sookasa has operated under the radar for a couple of years developing the technology and has had dozens of users testing it, says CEO Asaf Cidon. Because the product uses the Software as a Service model, early adopters found the beta version on the web and worked with the company on refining it. Sookasa also raised $6.65 million in two funding rounds.

Sookasa fills a security hole, according to Cidon, because file hosting companies may encrypt their servers, but still may have access to data that could be read by employees. And, some hosting companies may not sign HIPAA business associate agreements, but Sookasa does.

Engaged Health Solutions, a Chicago-based firm offering health coaching and wellness education to large employers to improve overall employee health status, has used Sookasa for a about a year, says Nelson Bowers, director of operations. The health coaches have access to protected health information such as demographic and health content. Overall, the product is easy to use and well-accepted by coaches, and is an excellent complement to Dropbox hosting services, he adds.

The product, which underwent security and HIPAA auditing by information security advisory firm Praetorian, is available for $10 per person per month or $100 per person per year. More information can be found here.

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