GGA Software Services Delivers Cryptographically Secure Microsoft SharePoint® Document Repository

  GGA Software Services Delivers Cryptographically Secure Microsoft
  SharePoint® Document Repository

Innovative security technology solution enables major pharmaceutical company
to isolate and exclusively share highly confidential information using the
versatile Microsoft SharePoint® platform.

Business Wire

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- October 18, 2013

GGA Software Services, a leading provider of scientific informatics and
software solutions, announced that its SharePoint Center of Excellence has
delivered an innovative, cryptographically secure document repository built on
Microsoft SharePoint for one of its global pharmaceutical clients. “This
unique solution enhances the collaborative file-sharing power of SharePoint by
providing the ability to isolate and secure highly sensitive documents within
the SharePoint database,” said Richard Golob, GGA’s President and Chief
Executive Officer.

“GGA’s encryption approach for SharePoint demonstrates the innovation and
sophistication that have become the hallmarks of GGA’s SharePoint Center of
Excellence,” according to Golob. He continued, “GGA’s global clients
appreciate GGA’s ability to couple innovative, expert software engineering
with superior problem-solving skills.”

While global corporations have increasingly embraced SharePoint as their
default collaboration platform across the enterprise, some IT and legal
decision-makers have been reluctant to permit the use of SharePoint for
collaborating around sensitive information. According to Golob, “GGA’s
innovative solution is designed to secure these critical documents with
industry-leading encryption technology while allowing the enterprise to
exploit the rich set of collaboration features provided by SharePoint.”

Working together, GGA and its client were able to create a cryptographically
secure document repository within SharePoint that enables only selected
individuals to view and share highly sensitive documents. This approach
secures the documents from viewing even by SharePoint and database

Golob noted that “GGA’s global pharmaceutical client is the first organization
to take advantage of this new encryption capability, previously available only
in the most expensive document management solutions on the market.” The client
team can now leverage the economical SharePoint platform without sacrificing
the security of certain highly confidential material.

GGA’s solution employs pre-network encryption to maximize the security of
these highly sensitive documents. Encryption of each document occurs on the
user’s computer before the file is transmitted over the client’s network to
SharePoint. Golob noted, “The unencrypted information cannot be obtained by
network eavesdropping, and SharePoint never handles or stores the
non-encrypted version of the document.”

GGA’s solution provides a simple, user-friendly experience while achieving a
high level of data protection by using the Microsoft Crypto API with the
client’s public key infrastructure (PKI) and the PKI framework from Entrust.
To submit a document to a SharePoint library configured to store sensitive
documents, the user first reviews, optionally edits, and accepts a list of
users who will be authorized to view the document. The client-side component
then converts the document to Adobe PDF format, encrypts the PDF document, and
submits it to the SharePoint document library. Unless a person has the use of
the private key of one of the authorized viewers, the file that traverses the
network and is stored in SharePoint is unreadable.

According to Golob, “GGA employed Microsoft ClickOnce to ensure a seamless
user experience while deploying its solution to users’ computers.” Working
completely within the SharePoint interface, the user initiates the entire
workflow with a single click of the mouse. Equally important in a regulated
environment, GGA’s solution requires no server-side custom code to be
deployed. Customizations can be implemented using client-side JavaScript in
conjunction with native SharePoint web services. This approach allows for easy
integration with both SharePoint 2010 and 2013.

Golob said, “GGA’s SharePoint Center of Excellence provides a global
collaboration resource that empowers today’s R&D organizations to share
information more broadly than ever before.” GGA’s scalable team of SharePoint
professionals helps to manage a client’s SharePoint platforms and to deliver
the client’s solution either remotely or on-site. GGA offers support for the
entire SharePoint lifecycle, including requirements gathering, custom
SharePoint development, system deployment and configuration, operational
support and administration, and end-user support at Levels 1-4. For additional
information on GGA’s SharePoint Center of Excellence and its encrypted
security solution, visit or
contact Jim Martin at

About GGA Software Services LLC

GGA Software Services LLC provides superior performance in meeting the
complete range of software engineering, algorithm development, and knowledge
management needs of the world's leading companies. GGA combines world-class
informatics and support services with deep domain expertise in science and
mathematics to create solutions that meet our clients’ business, technical,
and scientific challenges. GGA’s collaborative approach consistently delivers
outstanding class results, enhanced capabilities, and increased productivity
to our clients. Global corporations rely on GGA to provide ongoing informatics
services, including Microsoft SharePoint® development, support, maintenance,
and QA services, to enhance their internal resources. GGA also develops
innovative technology solutions for information management, including its PDF
Viewer web-based PDF management application as well as a suite of open-source
cheminformatics analysis applications. Since 1994, GGA has successfully served
as an extended workbench for its clients, allowing them to both achieve their
critical objectives and maximize their informatics budget. For more
information, please visit our website at


GGA Software Services LLC
Jim Martin, +1-617-491-5100, ext. 224
Director of Market Development
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