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Phalanx Conquers Human Error for a Cyber-Secure Future

What Phalanx does

Phalanx solves two big problems for organizations: human error and a lack of easy visibility to who is accessing what files, which is a recipe for significant cyber risk and data loss. Phalanx combines automation, encryption, and identity for a seamless data access experience designed for users without sacrificing productivity.

The Current Landscape

Data breaches continue to rise as workforces go increasingly remote, cloud storage usage increases, and the adoption of SaaS platforms become the norm. This is due to a cybersecurity concept called perimeter-based security, which focuses on keeping attackers outside of a perimeter, usually a corporate network. Phalanx focuses on the concept of Zero Trust, which ties identity to assets and in the case of Phalanx, ties identity to file access. Competitors in this space usually focus on individual environments (just email or just cloud) like Virtru, Egnyte, and Preveil. Phalanx is designed to overlay on existing environments so there is no gap in protection.

Company Birth Story

When co-founder of Phalanx, Ian Garrett, saw a 400%+ spike in data breaches in 2020 due to organizations rapidly transitioning to remote work, he knew exactly what would solve the problem based on his previous experience as a US Army Cyber Officer and a Ph.D. Researcher. Knowing the previous generation of cyber tools was not accommodating the new work environments he gathered his co-founders to build Phalanx to ensure organizations of every size could have effortless data security without sacrificing productivity across all their environments.

The Solution

Phalanx’s solution is called MUZE (Monitoring Unstructured Data with Zero Trust Encryption) and consists of an endpoint and web application. The endpoint application and its integrations (Outlook/Gmail, OneDrive/SharePoint/Google Drive, MS Teams) work in the background to automatically encrypt data at the file level and enable secure, trackable sharing across each of those environments. This automated file-level security allows users to work securely without hindering productivity, doesn’t require users to learn new behaviors, and doesn’t require them to make security decisions.

Meta-data is gathered from the endpoint application and integrations. This meta-data is then sent to the web application where security leaders and operators can view risk and understand all aspects of how their unstructured data is accessed and shared across the organization, regardless of location.

A founder quote

“Human-related issues are the leading cause of data breaches because perfect security would require people to focus on never making a mistake, which isn’t a reality. We founded Phalanx with a mission to enable businesses to operate in a quick, efficient way without sacrificing security, and without putting a burden on their employees. Our customers are astonished at how intuitive and simple we’ve made the platform, and we strive to continue evolving it to adapt to everyday workflows,” said Ian Garrett, CEO & Co-founder of Phalanx.

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