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Israeli startup firm CTERA Networks has won a tender to provide a private cloud system for file sharing to the US Ministry of Defense. The company has also announced a line of advanced security upgrades which were developed to align with the unique demands of military and security clients.

The solutions CTERA offers will be implemented as part of the storage upgrade project led by WWT at a total cost of $427 million for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which provides computerized and information security for various federal agencies including the Ministry of Defense, the US military, the White House and more.

The series of upgrades announced by CTERA allow these organizations to establish an encrypted internal cloud used for storage and classified file sharing while keeping up with the strictest information security standards, including verification by smart cards and a built-in system to prevent information leaks.

The upgrades we announce today stem from the need of organizations who are interested in offering their employees a convenient, easy, and simple way of sharing files – similar to common file sharing services for private clients today – but refuse to compromise their level of security,” said Liran Eshel, CEO and founder of CTERA. “The fact that our solution for synchronizing and sharing files was chosen by the largest security and financial bodies in the world is an extraordinary seal of approval and a pride for the Israeli high-tech industry.”

Among these security upgrade are users identification using smart cards. These cards, containing a digital ID, are used by different organization in the American security system for a wide range of uses, including entrance to buildings and operating end computers. Also upgraded were the DLP solutions allowing a secure external access to files while protecting against leaks, control over employees authorized to share files, adding watermarks to files, and more.

In order to support its growth, CTERA intends to recruit in the upcoming year dozens of new employees, mostly in Israel.