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Vault 7 and the Consequences for Enterprise Messengers

WikiLeaks released a series of documents, which describe surveillance activities and capabilities of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the last couple of years. Especially they explain in detail how the CIA performs electronic surveillance and cyber warfare. These documents, which are called Vault 7, are currently all over the news and get enterprises to worry about the security of their mobile devices and services in use. Is enterprise data on mobile devices safe? Can enterprises protect communication with strong encryption? Are enterprise messengers secure?

Teamwire Releases New Monitoring and Audit Features for the Administrator Portal

Professional administration and leading compliance are important benefits of our enterprise messaging app. Teamwire today released a couple of new features for its administrator portal. The new administrative controls enhance monitoring of our messenger for enterprises and offer advanced audit functionality:

The Leading Enterprise Messaging App

The enterprise messaging market is strongly growing. More and more businesses become aware of the Whatsapp problem as part of the shadow IT and look for a "secure Whatsapp for enterprise". More and more businesses understand the transition from email to messaging in the communication with colleagues and teams, and seek a dedicated enterprise messaging app to improve collaboration and increase productivity in the messaging era. More and more businesses want strong data protection and security to protect against cyber attacks and comply with important laws like the European general data protection regulation (GDPR), and deploy a secure messenger for enterprises. This is all great and signs of a huge market

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:

Teamwire at CeBIT 2017

Teamwire is going to showcase its secure enterprise messaging app on the CeBIT 2017 in Hannover from the 20th to 24th March. The goal is to present how enterprises can solve the Whatsapp problem, increase productivity and improve team communication in the messaging era.

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.

Best Practices for Implementing, Rolling Out and Using an Enterprise Messaging App

Today's blog post is a short guide, best practices and a couple of recommendations how enterprises can successfully deploy, roll-out and use an enterprise messaging app for their employees and teams:

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?

BARMER Health Insurance Chooses Teamwire for Enterprise Messaging

BARMER health insurance has chosen Teamwire's enterprise messaging app to digitize internal communications. With 9.4 million insureds and more than 400 locations, BARMER is one of the leading insurance companies in Germany. Teamwire provides easy and efficient communication to employees and teams of BARMER to better serve customer needs and improve customer service. Teamwire ensures strong German data protection and security for highly sensitive customer and insurance data. For the initial phase, BARMER has acquired 3,000 user licenses from Teamwire and is running the solution at T-Systems' high-security data center.

The Reasons Why Employees Might Not Use Enterprise Communication Tools

Team communication and collaboration tools have been strongly growing in the enterprise market in the last 2-3 years. More and more business communication tools and enterprise messaging apps are currently entering the market. The speed of innovation and development is extremely high. There is no end of the growth of the communication and messaging market in sight. Actually, the market just seems to be at the beginning of a growth curve. However, many tools fail to succeed in the enterprise and achieve the desired business results. The reasons are often evident and can be avoided in advance. Several tools don't get used by employees, because they don't meet the expectations of employees. Here is why:  

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