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Lawyers Without Borders Prevents Data Leaks with Intralinks VIA

Date: 12/16/2014

Secure, Cloud-Based File Sharing Platform Empowers Network of Human Rights Lawyers to Collaborate without Fear of Documents Falling into the Wrong Hands

New York, December 16, 2014 — Intralinks® Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: IL), a leading, global SaaS provider of enterprise content collaboration solutions, today announced that Lawyers Without Borders, an international non-profit organization committed to forging a solid foundation for the rule of law in some of the world’s most challenging nations, has chosen Intralinks VIA® to securely share sensitive legal documents among its international team of pro bono lawyers. With Intralinks VIA, Lawyers Without Borders can leverage all the productivity benefits typically associated with file sync and share services, while maintaining the data privacy and document control required to protect the identities and legal files of the brave people working to advance human rights law in some of the most turbulent countries around the globe.

Founded in 2000, Lawyers Without Borders activates legal professionals from around the world as volunteers, either individually or through their employers, as pro bono partners. The organization is focused on building the justice sector of developing nations and regions emerging from conflict, and is tasked with training individuals in these regions in criminal law, human trafficking, domestic violence, corruption, land, and human rights. Because Lawyers Without Borders is neutral, similar to the Red Cross®, it prefers to keep details regarding its work in-country private, for the safety of the lawyers, protection of in-country stakeholders, and preservation of the integrity of ongoing work.

Christina Storm, founder of Lawyers Without Borders, and her team tried transferring sensitive files through encrypted email or FTP, but these methods were clunky and posed serious security risks when frustrated staff opted out of the burdensome processes. They also tried a Microsoft SharePoint® file-sharing application, but when it became clear that the system wasn’t as secure as they had expected, the site had to be taken down and the entirety of the files immediately deleted. The organization also used consumer-grade file sharing option Huddle, but it failed to deliver the granularity of control of user permissions that Storm required to keep documents accessible to the right people and at the same time safe from unsanctioned access.

“Our work often requires our team of lawyers to share and collaborate on highly sensitive material across remote locations. If those documents were to fall into the wrong hands, it could have dire consequences for the brave people working in-country,” said Storm. “There have been documents which, if leaked, would put our in-country partners and volunteers at risk of suffering reprisal. On some occasions, there is so much sensitivity involved that I’m not even comfortable with third party off site document shredding. With Intralinks we not only can aspire to the level of document security available to the private for-profit sector, we can achieve it.”

Intralinks VIA is built on the Intralinks Platform, secure data exchange technology that has been used in highly regulated industries for almost two decades and passes between 30 and 40 security audits per year from the world’s most demanding financial, government, and life sciences institutions. The platform supports a variety of SaaS-based collaboration applications purpose-built for mergers and acquisitions, clinical trials, investor communications, and more. Intralinks VIA integrates with these specialized applications with a general file sharing and collaboration solution that employees can use as part of their daily work routines, while giving CIOs and CISOs enterprise-wide control over cloud-based file sharing.

“Lawyers Without Borders is a prime example of a business that does not have a physical security perimeter. Its business model requires secure access by multiple stakeholders on many different devices, from numerous locations around the globe. They needed a way to share and collaborate on documents while mitigating the risk of theft, confiscation, data breaches, and accidental or deliberate leaks,” explained Daren Glenister, field CTO of Intralinks. “With so much at stake for team members, Intralinks VIA provided the ideal privacy solution – even if files are downloaded, seized by unauthorized third parties, or taken offline.”

Intralinks VIA delivers the usability features expected by today’s enterprise employee without compromising the need for corporate data protection. Its IRM by DesignTM capability gives administrators the ability to enforce integrated rights management to precisely control who can view, edit or share files with a click of a button, with no plug-ins. Users can view their native Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF files online without leaving the security of the Intralinks Collaboration Platform, greatly enhancing both user productivity and information security. Further, Intralinks VIA 2.0 is the first file sharing and collaboration provider to provide a combined hardware/software customer-managed encryption keys (CMKs) solution. Customer-managed encryption keys help address the wave of regulations that require companies to store their data in particular jurisdictions for privacy and protection purposes. By giving customers exclusive control of the encryption keys, Intralinks can help ensure that their data is secure, no matter the physical location, since Intralinks itself won’t be able to decrypt it or grant access to third parties if the customer has disabled the keys.

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About Intralinks

Intralinks Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: IL) is a leading, global technology provider of inter-enterprise content management and collaboration solutions. Through innovative Software-as-a-Service solutions, Intralinks solutions are designed to enable the exchange, control and management of information between organizations securely and compliantly when working beyond the firewall. More than 3.1 million professionals at 99% of the Fortune 1000 companies have depended on Intralinks' experience. With a track record of enabling high-stakes transactions and business collaborations valued at more than $23.5 trillion, Intralinks is a trusted provider of easy-to-use, enterprise strength, cloud-based collaboration solutions. For more information, visit

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