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Encryption startup Vera locks down transferred documents

Jeremy Kirk | April 9, 2015
In Silicon Valley, the recruiting game is extremely competitive, according to Ron Harrison, founder of Jivaro Professional Headhunters, a specialist in placing technology candidates.

But file-sharing vendors are also promoting their own layers of security, said Alan Lepofsky, vice president and principal analyst with Constellation Research. And there are also a variety of other encryption products designed to place nicely with Dropbox and other file-storage services.

Vera's differentiator is a high level of control over files. Another advantage is that administrators using Vera's portal can see who opened what file and when.

That was a key point for Harrison, whose firm is sometimes marketing candidates who are also signed up with other recruiters. Although he can see timestamps for when an email with a resume was sent, seeing exactly when a company opened a resume is crucial, as it strengthens his argument if his firm should get the fee if a person is hired.

"I know when it [the resume] was opened," Harrison said.

In two of three cases, Vera's reporting helped Jivaro get its fees. The third case was moot since the candidate wasn't hired, he said.

 

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