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LIGHTNING RELEASES — Medford, NJ and Lisbon, Portugal, 13th May 2014 – Watchful Software, a leading provider of data-centric information security solutions, announced today that the implementation of its award-winning RightsWATCH cybersecurity solution by customer WhiteStar was judged winner of the “Best Technology: Innovation” award in Computer Weekly’s 2014 European User Awards for Security.

A panel of independent judges from analyst firms Forrester, IDC, Ovum and Quocirca have recognized WhiteStar’s implementation of RightsWATCH, from Watchful Software, as delivering exceptional innovation in business or processes information security and IT risk management. In the words of Quocirca’s analyst Clive Longbottom: “Watchful hits an area that is currently under the spotlight – looking at customer data security in the financial services vertical.”

Loan management firm WhiteStar needed to be able to share information and documents concerning customers and their assets throughout the organization in a safe and secure manner, while maintaining accountability for the security of that information to their clients.  Key to the success of the project was the ability to maintain agility and efficiency through the rapid, effective use of information, while ensuring the security of that information. The answer was found in Watchful Software’s RightsWATCH, which was deployed to deliver dynamic classification, access, and usage control mechanisms from the moment information is created. 

Through the use of RightsWATCH, virtually any file or email  can be dynamically classified, tagged, and secured so that only authorized people can use that information – without ever taking WhiteStar’s users out of their workflow.With RightsWATCH, we were able to enforce (information control) in a nonintrusive way to the users, leading to an extremely quick adoption and increased understanding of our information security policy.  

At the same time, RightsWATCH has enabled us to control and audit the flow of the information to prevent the misuse of sensitive information both inside and outside the organization,” stated Jose Silva, CIO for WhiteStar.Information security has taken center stage in the C-suite and the boardroom. The recent ouster of Target’s CEO over their data breach is a prime example of this. 

Industry observers have indicated that we have reached a turning point for enterprise information security’s importance in the C-suite, proving that CEOs must take infosec seriously – or face the consequences,” said Charles Foley, Watchful’s CEO.The Computer Weekly European User Awards honors IT professionals across Europe that have excelled in their approach to using technology, focusing on the key areas of networking and mobile; storage; security; datacenter and virtualization; and business software.

Winners will be profiled in case studies on Computer Weekly and will be offered the opportunity to attend the end of year awards ceremony when the overall winners of each category will be announced.

About Watchful Software

Watchful Software was formed in 2012 to address the requirement to protect an organization’s most critical asset after its people – its information. The company is staffed by industry executives with decades of systems, software, networking, security, and compliance experience to address the growing need for protecting sensitive and proprietary information against accidental or malicious theft, leakage, or loss.

Leveraging key technologies including advanced encryption algorithms, digital rights management, and e-Biometrics, Watchful Software has developed a suite of solutions that ensure only authorized personnel have access to enterprise systems or can handle sensitive information, thereby protecting against the massive economic and competitive damage often done by cyberterrorists and information thieves.