The use of ‘cloud storage’ isn’t a new concept but there is a trend in internet hacking that has left some people weary about using cloud storage. CipherCloud, who can be found on Twitter, a cloud security company founded in 2010, is on the forefront of cloud data security for its users. CipherCloud works by using secure gateways developed by the company that encrypt important information before storing the data to the cloud. Encryption has been around since the dawn of computers and it works by coding chosen data to be unreadable to anyone but a verified source. This way if information gets intercepted online the person stealing cannot read what they’ve acquired because of the specific encryption. CipherCloud is a relatively new company that’s been making waves, but it was created and run by people who have spent their careers advancing technology and working with internet servers and gateways.
Founder Pravin Kothari created a highly certified team including Varun Badhwar who previously worked for SalesForce, a cloud computing company, and together they launched CipherCloud in February of 2011. In the beginning their YouTube videos indicate that CipherCloud worked solely for SalesForce until they gained a major client, Amazon Web Services a few months later. Near the end of the year CipherCloud raised a whopping $1.4 million in seed funding from investor Andreessen Horowitz. By December of 2012 CipherCloud raised $30 million in funding between Horowitz and Index Ventures.
In June of 2012 they released their encryption for Gmail services, and by September CipherCloud had created working encryption for Force.com, Chatter, and Microsoft Office 365. CipherCloud’s home base resides in San Jose, California but with the addition of John M. Jack, the former CEO of Fortify Software to their investor board they were able to open up offices in London and Australia.
Wanting to add their services to more platforms CipherCloud joined Box Inc in February 2013 so their encryption software was able to be used on file-hosting services. The following year SlideShare shows CipherCloud acquired CloudUp Networks which was a software development company that allowed its users to track data as it moved through each cloud network. Users were also able to restrict and stop unauthorized cloud data from moving to another cloud without permission. Their most recent technological release came in April of 2014 when they launched Cloud Discovery. This software analyzes cloud networks to determine the risks of using the application was well as the visibility of data when transferred to the cloud network.
The creators and expert team of individuals behind the technical genius of CipherCloud have not gone without recognition for their talent. In February and April of 2013 CipherCloud was named the winner of SC Magazine’s Excellence Award for “Information Security Product of the Year” and “Best Emerging Technology in Information Security”.