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More Than 50 Cloud Service Providers Across 17 Categories Join the Skyhigh CloudTrust™ Program

Skyhigh Networks, the Cloud Visibility and Enablement Company, announced that more than 50 cloud service providers (CSPs) who are rated Skyhigh Enterprise-Ready™ have joined the Skyhigh CloudTrust™ Program since its launch in January 2014. Skyhigh evaluates thousands of CSPs and grants the Skyhigh Enterprise-Ready seal only to those CSPs who fully satisfy the most stringent requirements for data protection, identity verification, service security, business practices, and legal protection. The Skyhigh CloudTrust Program is an objective, comprehensive, and free program available to all CSPs including IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS providers.

Selecting the right cloud services is critical, and performing product evaluations is expensive and time consuming, especially with the breadth of services available today and with the fast-changing security capabilities and vulnerabilities of each of the thousands of CSPs. Organizations use the Skyhigh CloudTrust rating to streamline cloud adoption while mitigating risk within their organization. More than 30 categories are represented in the program including Business Intelligence, Cloud Infrastructure, Cloud Storage, Collaboration, Customer Relationship Management, Development, Ecommerce, Finance, Human Resources, IT Services, Legal, Marketing, Networking, and Service Desk and Support.

“We found that our employees were using multiple file-sharing services and that many of these services posed a risk to the organization,” said Brian Lillie, CIO of Equinix. “We selected the most popular service rated Skyhigh Enterprise-Ready which was the obvious choice from both a productivity and security standpoint. The CloudTrust rating reduced a process that takes months down to a few hours.”

More and more cloud services are focusing on the enterprise market to drive revenue. As a result, enterprise-focused services often have to compete with consumer-focused services which are in the same category but which do not provide the same level of security capabilities to meet privacy, security and compliance standards required in the enterprise. The challenge for organizations is to determine which services to approve for employee use.

As a completely objective rating assessment, the Skyhigh CloudTrust program differentiates Enterprise-Ready services from high-risk services so that organizations can quickly adopt the cloud services that not only are in demand from their employees, but that also meet the enterprises’ security, compliance and governance requirements.

“The use of cloud services is often not approved because there is a feeling that cloud service security is insufficient universally,” said Rajiv Gupta, CEO of Skyhigh Networks. "While security is lacking for many cloud services, 7 percent of cloud service providers have invested time and resources in developing services that adhere to rigorous enterprise security requirements. We started the Skyhigh CloudTrust program to highlight these services and ease the cloud adoption lifecycle for CIOs and IT departments.”

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“The security and compliance of our customers, employees and partners is a top priority at 8x8. After achieving third party validated compliance with a majority of the most stringent security standards, including HIPAA, PCI, CPNI, FISMA, FIPS and other regulatory requirements, we wanted to ensure that we had nationally recognized third party validation for our cloud security. After careful review and verification for Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) compliance, we turned to Skyhigh Networks for their Enterprise Ready CloudTrust™ Rating. The Skyhigh CloudTrust™ Program was an obvious choice to protect the intellectual property, personal identifiable information and integrity for those who rely on 8x8.” - Michael McAlpen, executive director of security and compliance, 8x8, Inc

“Accellion is the leading provider of secure, private cloud mobile solutions that enhance productivity for corporations and government agencies around the world. Our mission is to ensure that security and ease-of-use can coexist within enterprise solutions, so they benefit both end users and IT departments. We’re thrilled to work with Skyhigh Networks to ensure that organizations are deploying only secure, enterprise-ready cloud solutions within their networks.” - Vidhya Ranganathan, senior vice president of product, Accellion

“At Aerohive, we realize how critical it is to secure the sensitive data flowing through wireless infrastructure in today’s mobility revolution. From the beginning, we have invested in an end-to-end approach to baking comprehensive security into our architecture, both in our hardware and software. Our cloud-based solution has been designed to take advantage of other security systems in place within an enterprise to eliminate security blind spots. We’re thrilled our commitment to providing enterprises with network edge security has been recognized as Enterprise-Ready by Skyhigh CloudTrust’s stringent security criteria.” - Abby Hassel Strong, director of product marketing, Aerohive

“With nearly 8,000 customers putting their trust in Backupify for a protected, second copy of their data, we've always been committed to providing the most secure enterprise application for the cloud-to-cloud backup market. The addition of Skyhigh Networks Enterprise-Ready seal is further validation of Backupify's focus and dedication to security best practices in the cloud.” - Ben Thomas, vice president of security, Backupify

“Cloud has proven its high security standards in the last 5 years, and cloud BI has been at the forefront of this evolution. Therefore, the fact that BIME received the Enterprise-Ready seal from Skyhigh means - once again - that business analytics and business management are moving to the cloud." - Nicolas Raspal, chief technology officer, BIME Analytics

“Clarizen’s vision is empowering the modern workplace, enabling collaboration that drives business results and allows users to make real-time decisions based on real-time data. An integral part of this collaborative process is ensuring that the data that is shared, accessed and analyzed is secure and protected - it matters to our customers and it matters to us. We are pleased that Skyhigh Networks, as part of The CloudTrust Program, has given Clarizen the highest rating of 'Enterprise-Ready,’ meaning Clarizen's cloud-based solution has fully satisfied the most stringent requirements for data protection, identity verification, legal protection and more. This rating assessment further underscores our commitment to helping employees get work done efficiently, effectively, securely and with better results.” - Michael Modan, vice-president of research & development, Clarizen

“Whenever we are in discussions with prospective customers they want assurances of the security, reliability and robustness of our cloud. Now, with our CloudTrust Enterprise-Ready rating, we can provide an external, objective and timely assessment. Like UL ratings for appliances and safety ratings for cars, the CloudTrust program provides an important service that helps increase the confidence and reduces the risks in their purchase decisions. It’s services like these that I see IT teams will increasingly rely on to have a comprehensive assessment of cloud services they are evaluating.” - Jaspreet Singh, chief executive officer, Druva

“We deliver an enterprise file-sharing platform built from the cloud down, and as we expand our offering, security is a top priority so we can ensure that our customers' data is 100% accessible AND secure. We're very proud to be named Enterprise-Ready by Skyhigh because it's a powerful validation that we provide a comprehensive enterprise-grade solution that fully addresses the security needs for our customers' data, whether it resides on-premises, in the cloud or a combination of both.” - Kris Lahiri, chief security officer, Egnyte

“Nearly everybody has some sort of vague understanding that ‘security is important,’ but it can be incredibly difficult to put that knowledge towards making good decisions when choosing a SaaS provider. We’re excited that CloudTrust provides unbiased assessments of cloud providers. Anything to help enterprise users make better-informed security decisions will improve the entire ecosystem.” – Brett Florio, co-founder, chief executive officer, FoxyCart

“Today's companies must support their analytics on any device, wherever and whenever, to enable productivity and collaboration while ensuring the highest level of data security. As GoodData increasingly serves enterprise customers with its end-to-end Open Analytics Platform, recognition such as Skyhigh’s CloudTrust program continues to verify our industry-leading security.” – Jeff Morris, vice-president of product marketing, GoodData

“A major shift has happened in the way people access and store their corporate information online, and it’s never been more important for employees to have a secure solution and complete control over their data,” said “Hightail makes it a priority to invest in keeping your data safe and is excited to be rated Skyhigh Enterprise-Ready.” - Matthew Bateman, information security architect, Hightail

“As a cloud collaboration service that enables enterprise and government organizations worldwide, such as the Office of the Secretary Defense, NASA, and 80% of central UK government departments, to securely access, share and work on files within and across the firewall, security is vital for our business. We designed Huddle with these organizations in mind, so the security measures we have in place meet the stringent requirements of certifications and standards such as FISMA-compliance, Pan Government Accreditation at IL2 for UK government and ISO 27001 to name just a few. To be rated Enterprise-Ready by Skyhigh CloudTrust’s rigorous security benchmarks is a further evidence of the strength and security of Huddle’s offering.” - Andy McLoughlin, co-founder and executive vice-president of strategy, Huddle

“Igloo, the intranet you'll actually like, makes it easier to communicate and collaborate with your teams at work. And as more and more organizations interact across geographies and corporate boundaries, it’s vital that they have assurance that their interconnectivity is not introducing unacceptable risks. We are honored to be recognized by Skyhigh as ‘enterprise-ready’ as this rating further validates our ability to blend the security and control required by CIOs with the ease-of-use and simplicity demanded by today’s business professional.” – Stephen Rahal, director of product marketing, Igloo Software

“iMomentous works with enterprise clients who go to great lengths to protect the privacy of their candidates and employees. We have secured contracts in large part because of the ability of our talent engagement platform to pass rigorous security audits and consider it a source of pride for the organization. This rating as Enterprise-Ready by the Skyhigh CloudTrust Program serves as both validation of our current work and inspiration as we strive to continually improve the iMomentous Talent Engagement Platform.” - Mahe Bayireddy, chief executive officer, iMomentous

“Our private cloud infrastructure is trusted by some of the world’s largest companies to monitor nearly 2 billion visitors and facilitate nearly 22 million connections on monthly basis. Because we realize that Enterprise customers have strict requirements and high expectations, trust is essential for our success and security is part of our DNA. We maintain close relationships with their security teams, invest major efforts to comply with as many security standards as possible, and embrace independent 3rdparty audits the help ensure our standards meet and exceed their expectations. The Skyhigh CloudTrust rating of Enterprise-Ready very much validates our efforts in making security a priority” - Ron Peled, chief security officer, LivePerson

“Mediafly is the Content Mobility Cloud. Our leading cloud-based, sales and media production enablement solutions are built on a backbone of security, encryption and DRM. Our mission is to keep our clients' most sensitive information and documents secure. Earning the Enterprise-Ready CloudTrust rating further validates what our Fortune 500 customers and many successful security audits have come to trust. We are honored!” - Jason Shah, chief technology officer, Mediafly

“Security is one the foundations of Projectplace, since the start 16 years ago. Most people benefit greatly when using cloud services, compared to desktop-based alternatives, but there are also new risks alongside the Bring your Own trend. The CloudTrust program is an important initiative to help buyers make informed decisions.” - Erkan Kahraman, chief trust officer, ProjectPlace

“Security is one foundations of Projectplace since the start 16 years ago. Most users benefit greatly in using cloud services compared to desktop-based alternatives, but there are new risks alongside the Bring your Own trend. The CloudTrust program is an important initiative to helps buyers make informed decisions.” - Erkan Kahraman, chief trust officer, ProjectPlace

"Security is paramount for realtime applications, particularly as they relate to the Internet of Things and the explosive growth in connected devices. PubNub’s cloud-based global realtime network secures all communications with multiple data encryption standards, and enables customers to manage permissions for their real-time apps and data down to the person, device or channel level. This security allows us to safely stream three million messages per second to over 200 million connected devices per month. We are delighted that PubNub has been named Enterprise-Ready by Skyhigh's CloudTrust program, further validating our commitment to security.” - Stephen Blum, chief technology officer and founder, PubNub

“As more organizations host their corporate resources in the cloud and grant access to corporate apps via mobile devices, the importance of user authentication to control authorized access is paramount. SecureAuth has more than 500 customers with 10 million corporate end users that benefit from having secure, multifactor authentication to all corporate resources – no matter where they are – and have the convenience of single sign on. We are honored to be part of the Skyhigh CloudTrust Program.” – Darin Pendergraft, vice president of marketing, SecureAuth Corporation

“Silanis is trusted by the leading organizations in banking, insurance and government – all industries that are known for their security and compliance requirements. It’s because we invest in tried and tested solutions that ensure our customer data is completely secure, something Skyhigh Networks has recognized by rating us Enterprise-Ready through their CloudTrust program.” - Tommy Petrogiannis, co-founder and chief executive officer, Silanis Technology

“Spanning delivers the industry’s most trusted and transparent SaaS application backup and recovery solutions on the market. We are honored to earn the Skyhigh CloudTrust™ Enterprise-Ready rating as it further demonstrates Spanning’s commitment to meeting the highest security standards possible. Our customers now have one more reason to rely on Spanning to eliminate their risk of data loss.” - Jeff Erramouspe, president and chief executive officer, Spanning

“TargetX is proud to receive the Skyhigh CloudTrust 'stamp of approval' but also pleased to see the growing acceptance of cloud-based solutions in higher education. Colleges are improving their efficiency while benefiting from increased security from our cloud-based Enterprise CRM.” - Michael Crusi, co-founder and the chief technology officer, TargetX

“Our mission at WatchDox is to provide security at the file-level so that protection travels with the data 100 percent of the time, beyond cloud storage walls and in transit, regardless of what application it was created in or shared with. We strive to provide enterprise users with a service that is both secure and easy to use so that employees actually use the service and organizations know where their files are at all times. We value Skyhigh’s CloudTrust program and applaud its efforts to acknowledge superior security solutions and raise the bar for enterprise-security standards.” - Ryan Kalember, chief product officer, WatchDox

“We are pleased that Webalo Pro Cloud Service has received Skyhigh CloudTrust’s highest enterprise-ready rating. Recognition like this enables our customers to simplify their security evaluation processes and accelerate their cloud-based mobile application deployment initiatives and strategies with confidence.” - Peter Price, chief executive officer, Webalo

About the Skyhigh CloudTrust™ Program

The Skyhigh CloudTrust™ Rating provides an objective and comprehensive evaluation of a service's security controls and enterprise readiness based on a detailed set of criteria developed in conjunction with the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). Because Skyhigh produces the most extensive, current, and credible trust ratings for cloud services, enterprises rely on the Skyhigh CloudTrust™ Rating to inform both decisions and policy pertaining to the secure use of cloud services in their environment.

About Skyhigh Networks

Skyhigh Networks, the Cloud Visibility and Enablement Company, enables companies to embrace cloud services with appropriate levels of security, compliance, and governance. The company mission is to help CIOs securely enable cloud services that drive productivity and innovation within their businesses, while lowering risk and cost. Customers including BMC Software, Cisco, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Diebold and DirecTV use Skyhigh to manage their “Cloud Adoption Lifecycle” with unparalleled visibility and risk assessment, usage and threat analytics, and seamless policy enforcement. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Skyhigh Networks is backed by Greylock Partners and Sequoia Capital. For more information, visit us at www.skyhighnetworks.com or follow us on Twitter @skyhighnetworks.

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