Sophos has launched the next version of its SafeGuard Enterprise to offer cloud encryption capabilities and protect critical data in public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

According to the company, SafeGuard Encryption for Cloud Storage automatically encrypts files uploaded to the cloud from any managed endpoint, with access gained by a password that will allow secure file access from anywhere.

It claimed that with SafeGuard Encryption for File Share, only privileged users have access to sensitive data because central keys – which give access to files for authorised users or groups and keep these files encrypted for everyone else – are used. The platform also ensures that all files remain encrypted regardless of whether they are copied or moved to another drive, network or device.

The capability has been made possible due to a partnership with Egnyte to integrate SafeGuard Enterprise and Egnyte's HybridCloud file server, which offers enterprises an end-to-end solution for directly managing the encryption of data stored locally or in the cloud.

It allows users to define, manage and own their encryption keys to secure designated files. The companies claimed that users have access to files anywhere at any time, whether behind the firewall or in the cloud, as well as consistent encryption standards at every point.

Vineet Jain, CEO and co-founder of Egnyte, said: “While the cloud opens up many opportunities to collaborate seamlessly, it also presents security issues and uncertainties, especially as employees use personal devices to access company information.

“What's unique about our partnership with Sophos is that the combination of our services provides the market with a hybrid cloud solution that scales up and down as needed, and provides IT managers with ultimate control over their data and the ability to manage encryption keys without additional support.”

Matthias Pankert, vice-president of product management at Sophos, said: “In today's business world, users are everywhere and data protection needs to be everywhere too. With businesses continuing to experience costly and embarrassing breaches, it's more important than ever to secure data. The latest version of SafeGuard Enterprise provides complete data protection.

“One of the biggest drivers for adoption is understanding how to carry a security policy from the customer side through to the cloud provider. As providers like Egnyte develop these abilities, enterprise cloud computing will be utilised even further. An example is true mobility freedom, the concept that smartphones and tablets become viable equals to the laptop or desktop. We see our partnership with Egnyte evolving to support this shift in the future.”