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CTERA Earns U.S. Federal Government Validation

CTERA’s Military-Grade File Services Platform Earns FIPS 140-2 Certification, Fueling Continued Momentum in Federal and Defense Sectors

New York, NY – November 30, 2017 – CTERA Networks today announced that the CTERA Enterprise File Services Platform is Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 140‐2 (FIPS 140-2) validated. The security designation represents the highest level of data encryption and one of the reasons why the world’s most security-conscious organizations – including federal and defense organizations – choose CTERA for their digital transformation initiatives.

CTERA provides a cyber-hardened platform that enables modern content collaboration and data protection certified to meet the requirements of the most sensitive workloads, using end-to-end security with customer controlled key management and authentication.

The FIPS 140-2 validation process is known for its rigor and is required for providing services to highly secure organizations like U.S. federal government and defense agencies. Many vendors list their systems as ‘compliant’ with FIPS 140-2, but not all have been validated by a third-party testing laboratory to meet requirements for areas such as random number generation, key management, and approved algorithms. CTERA’s edge filers, software agents, and Portal are all included under the validated designation.

“CTERA fills a void in the federal sector created by cloud solutions that cannot offer total privacy, security, compliance, and ownership of organizational data,” said Shawn Harbert, Senior Solutions Architect at World Wide Technology, Inc., a leading technology integrator. “CTERA’s highly secure approach to content collaboration and data protection strengthens our defense solutions portfolio and helps us engage the most security-conscious organizations in the world.”

“The modernization of aging file services is a top priority for government and defense agencies, but cloud transformation initiatives introduce security risks that are unacceptable for these types of organizations,” said Aron Brand, CTO, CTERA. “CTERA addresses these challenges with an on-premises, private file services platform that delivers the same resiliency, productivity and elasticity as cloud based file services, while meeting the stringent security requirements of FIPS 140-2.”

CTERA has powered the file services initiatives of several of the world’s largest and most secure government and defense organizations. In 2016 CTERA was awarded a contract from DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency) to provide private cloud content collaboration services to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and added support for Common Access Cards authentication technology (CAC) for government-issued smartcards. CTERA has since expanded its presence across various DoD agencies, federal organizations, and government defense contractors.

CTERA’s proven military-grade architecture includes advanced security features beyond encryption including Active Directory/LDAP and single sign-on (SSO) integrations, multi-tenancy, data loss prevention (DLP), and antivirus support – all from an in-firewall deployment. The FIPS 140-2 certification is another proof point of CTERA’s commitment to offering the most secure enterprise file services platform to its global defense customers.

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About CTERA

Trusted by Fortune 100, government organizations and leading service providers, CTERA provides the only cyber-hardened and completely unified file sharing and data protection platform that allows enterprise IT to address the full continuum of global file services from the cloud infrastructure of their choice. CTERA is leading the digital transformation of enterprises to cloud-enabled file services, with millions of corporate users 10s of thousands of cloud-enabled offices worldwide.