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27 Jun 2017

How Enterprises Protect Themselves Against Warnings Because Of WhatsApp

A German court today ruled that WhatsApp violates the data protection law and WhatsApp users can be warned theoretically. When using WhatsApp, the phone numbers of all contacts in the address book are automatically passed on to the messenger. According to the judgment of the District Court of Bad Hersfeld (Germany), WhatsApp thereby violates the right of the users to informational self-determination. The judgment ultimately affects not only private users, but also companies and authorities that use WhatsApp for business purposes. Many enterprises are now wondering how they could be affected by warnings and how they can protect themselves against such warnings.

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29 May 2017

Compliant Enterprise Messaging for the General Data Protection Regulation

Recently we wrote a blog post on the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the WhatsApp problem of enterprises. On the one hand we highlighted the demanding data protection requirements for enterprises and the heavy fines due the GDPR. On the other hand we described why WhatsApp is not compliant with the GDPR and that the usage of WhatsApp for business purposes is a critical issue under the GDPR. As a consequence businesses should deploy a secure enterprise messaging app before the GDPR becomes into effect, in order to ensure strong data protection and compliance with the GDPR. Today we want to look into the necessary features of a secure enterprise messaging app (like e.g. Teamwire) to fully meet the requirements of the GDPR:

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6 May 2017

Teamwire at MobileIron Live 2017

Teamwire is going to take part in the MobileIron Live! in Berlin from 1st to 2nd June, 2017. MobileIron Live! is the premier global event for enterprise mobile security excellence. The event brings together decision makers, leading software vendors and experts from all segments of the IT community.

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1 May 2017

The General Data Protection Regulation and the WhatsApp Problem of Enterprises

The European General Data Protection Regulation as the new privacy law affects all enterprises doing business in Europe. Enterprises have to adjust their data protection practices in order to comply with the new law and avoid high fines. WhatsApp as part of the shadow IT is a critical issue and businesses must ensure compliant enterprise messaging (e.g. with Teamwire).

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21 Feb 2017

The Disadvantages of Microsoft Teams and Slack for Enterprise Messaging

In evaluations for an enterprise messaging app, customers sometimes compare Teamwire with Microsoft Teams and Slack, which are well-marketed tools from the USA. Slack is a chat-based cloud collaboration tool, which is popular among startups for its integrations. Microsoft Teams is basically a clone of Slack and has more or less the same features. (Microsoft was kind of late to the enterprise messaging market, and Teams is its move to not miss out.) European enterprises often come to the conclusion in evaluations, that Microsoft Teams and Slack are not the right enterprise messaging apps for them. Here is why:

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1 Feb 2017

How to Identify if Your Enterprise Has a Shadow IT and a Whatsapp Problem?

The majority of executives and IT managers are normally unaware how many unauthorized shadow IT or shadow cloud apps and services their employees are using. Cloud apps and services are easy to use without oversight, they can be quickly adopted by employees or teams to solve business problems, and often no formal involvement of the enterprise's IT department is required. Since there is a huge demand for messaging for the internal business communication, if there is no enterprise messaging app available, employees are quick to use Whatsapp as an insecure and unprotected alternative (please read our blog posts on the disadvantagesdamages and security of Whatsapp). Actually many businesses currently have a huge Whatsapp problem as part of the shadow IT, because they haven't deployed an enterprise messaging app yet.

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25 Jan 2017

Should Businesses Worry About The Encryption and Security of Whatsapp?

There has been a huge discussion recently about a security vulnerability of Whatsapp, which some people quickly proclaimed as a "backdoor" for governments to snoop on users. A new analysis by a security researcher showed that Whatsapp could read some messages due to the way WhatsApp has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol. Some security experts say that the vulnerability is a known “trade-off” due to the size of Whatsapp's user base and can hardly be used for mass surveillance. However, since Whatsapp always highlights its privacy and security, this raises some serious questions for its users. Enterprises and employees, which use Whatsapp for business purposes, ask themselves if they can rely on the encryption and security of Whatsapp?

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