By: Kyle Bebbee
It’s shocking that over 60% of small businesses that experience a data breach shut down within six months. In fact, the average cost of a data breach in the US last year was a staggering $8.64M and 91% of these data breaches are done through e-mail and SMS phishing campaigns.
If you’re in business, it’s certainly something to keep at the front of your mind, especially as our changing work environments have brought major challenges as we work from home on our own devices on public networks.
Over the last decade, data breaches have surged exposing sensitive information that can be devastating, especially for smaller businesses. How do we keep our data secure while keeping a seamless and productive work experience? Organizations from all industries are looking for a solution to this very problem.
So, how can Mercury help to protect your information and improve workflow? Let’s take look at the unrivalled cutting-edge security we have built into our platform today…
Messaging Layer Security (MLS) – MLS is next generation end-to-end-encryption (E2EE) security layer that encrypts each individual message with a changing encryption key. This allows for Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) and future secrecy, meaning that every message is encrypted separately, unlike other platforms, thus increasing Mercury security. Mercury is the FIRST to market product with this type and level of security.
Asynchronous Ratcheting Tree (ART) – ART is the E2EE group messaging protocol that allows users to message asynchronously even if someone is not online and allows scalability for large groups and organizations. Other commercially available E2EE protocols do not allow for this level of scalability and security. For example, the less secured protocols (other consumer products on the market today) send the decryption key along with the message which leaves you vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks, allowing them to eavesdrop on your future conversation. ART does not rely on sending the decryption key or making multiple copies of it, and this is how we achieve greater security and performance for scalability.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) – MFA is a secure login that requires at least two forms of identity, increasing security and confirming identity. These include something you know (such as a password), something you have (such as your device), and as the most secure option – who you are (biometrics using Touch ID or Face ID). We support Google Authenticator, portable security keys, Face ID, Touch ID and Windows Hello.
Administrative Policies – Mercury contains a robust set of owner controls and features for organizations of all types. They set access limitations to administrators, users, and guests down to individual devices, as well as policies for passwords, group posting, data retention and much more. This allows the company complete control and is not offered by other platforms. Now that we have laid out the solid foundation of the security we offer, we can layer on the functionality and ease of use that is often lost with secure messaging solutions. In addition to unrivalled security, Mercury has user friendly functionality for all your needs:
Secure Messaging – Message securely with individuals and groups in your organization and other organizations. Message threading to help organize messages around a specific topic. @Mentions to grab another participant’s attention quickly, all of which offer greater productivity within your organization.
Secure File Sharing – Share unlimited sized files instantly with individuals and groups within the Mercury platform with no need to open another platform, which would increase your vulnerabilities to hacking. Other platforms and email only allow small files to be attached, while Mercury allows unlimited file size. This is a tremendous advantage over email and other consumer available platforms.
Secure VoIP Calls – Confidently call individuals using our encrypted VoIP service in the Mercury app. You can call desktop-desktop, mobile-mobile, and desktop-mobile, offering ultimate versatility and protection.
Secure Video Meetings – Host video meetings quickly and easily with up to 50 video participants and up to 2k HD video resolution (this high resolution is not available with other consumer products). Launch a group meeting instantly in chat that notifies each group participant.
With data breaches becoming an increasing threat every day, it’s critical for organizations in all industries to find solutions that help protect their sensitive data. Mercury brings piece of mind as an all-in-one collaboration platform designed for all your secure communication needs. Say goodbye to outdated less-secure-options and rest easy with confidence that your communications are protected with next-gen collaboration. Message, file share, meet, collaborate, and call. In confidence, with confidence. Every time.
Kyle Bebee is the Chief Product Officer for Secured Communications and plays a critical role in the development and evolution of the company’s products, ensuring that the company continues to innovate and maintain its position as an industry leader in security and productivity.