Don’t Believe the Hype from DLP Players

We got a good chuckle when one of our competitors recently called us a “DLP Wannabe.” Let’s face it, no one wants to be a data loss prevention provider (DLP) – including us. Seventy-three percent of companies with DLP report that employees complain of lost productivity and collaboration. Eighty-one percent of security decision makers are frustrated with these issues: they feel they need a better way to protect sensitive data without slowing down innovation (Source: Forrester 2019). The brutal truth is no one likes DLP. Our customers that have it don’t like it. The customers that think they need it look for excuses not to buy it.  

“ Seventy-three percent of companies with DLP report that employees complain of lost productivity and collaboration. ”

Progressive organizations thrive on collaboration. We are in the midst of a massive culture change that centers on employees’ ability to share ideas, move faster and transform the customer experience both internally and externally.   

That’s where our approach to protecting data was born. It’s an approach that focuses on enabling security teams and their internal customers to move faster, collaborate with one another and be more productive. We called it next-gen DLP because it’s time for change. It’s time for a new approach that works for the collaboration era.

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Code42 at Jamf Nation User Conference: Data Loss Protection for Macs

The Code42 team is gearing up for the annual user conference for one of our favorite hometown partners: the Jamf Nation User Conference, Nov. 12 – 14 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, literally right up the road from our offices. Code42 has been a proud sponsor for JNUC since 2012 and we love rubbing elbows and throwing back a few with our friends in the Apple community. Billed as the world’s largest rally of Apple IT administrators, JNUC is always a great place for us to educate users about the reality of data loss and showcase the tool that truly works to protect data from insider threat: Code42® Next-Gen Data Loss Protection.

“ …69% of organizations say they experienced an insider threat breach while they had a prevention solution in place. ”

Traditional data loss prevention (DLP) claims it can prevent data loss and theft from employees. It relies on arcane policies, rules and user blocking that stifle collaboration and productivity. According to our recently released Data Exposure Report, 69% of organizations say they experienced an insider threat breach while they had a prevention solution in place. No wonder 78% of information security leaders—including those with traditional DLP solutions—believe prevention strategies and tools aren’t enough to stop insider threat. 

“ The right tool provides these insights in real time, so organizations can respond to insider threat immediately, not months after an employee quits and takes data with them. ”

Fortunately, there’s a better way to protect data while also encouraging user collaboration and productivity: by detecting, investigating and responding to suspicious file activity that could indicate an insider is taking data. The right tool provides these insights in real time, so organizations can respond to insider threat immediately, not months after an employee quits and takes data with them. And a comprehensive solution allows Apple IT administrators to visualize their data loss risks with one pane across endpoints, cloud and email.

At JNUC, we’re looking forward to sharing how our next-gen data loss protection solution—which is built for Mac and has complete feature parity in Windows—can do all this and more. Check out customer stories from companies that have successfully used next-gen data loss protection to safeguard their data from insider threat. At JNUC, come check us out at:

  • Nov. 12: 
    – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at booth 5
  • Nov. 13:
    – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at booth 5
    – 11:15 a.m. in the Nicollet Grand Ballroom for the breakout session, “How to Keep Data Safe: Data Loss Protection and macOS Catalina.
    – 5–8 p.m. for “Off the Clock with Code42” at one of our favorite local spots, Butcher and the Boar. You can register here.
  • Nov. 14: 
    – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at booth 5

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Hey Microsoft Ignite, Code42 is Here Talking Insider Threat

Team Code42 is excited to be at the Orange County Convention Center for the Microsoft Ignite conference this week. We have a ton going on and are ready to talk to security and IT teams about one of the biggest insider threats to their data – employees who quit. Swing by to see us at booth #1141 and find out how we can show you exactly what IP your employees are stashing in their pockets, personal email and cloud. Hint: they probably took the data long before you knew they were leaving.

All week, we will be ready to give demos and previews of our Code42(R) Next-Gen Data Loss Protection solution, which makes it quicker and easier to detect, investigate and respond to insider threats. Visit with Team Code42:

  • Nov. 4: 12:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 5: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 6: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 7: 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Monday:

Rob Juncker, SVP, Speaks in Theater C at 2:15 p.m
Employees are Taking Data when They Quit
Sixty percent of departing employees admit to taking data – company trade secrets, customer lists and source code – when they leave their job. Want to know the truth? The other 40% probably are lying and also have taken data. At a time when the data economy is flourishing and your competitive edge hinges on keeping your most innovative ideas under lock and key, we have to find better ways to protect valuable IP and trade secrets when employees and contractors quit and head off to their next gig. That’s why Rob Juncker, our SVP of product, research, operations and development, is leading off the show with a presentation about insider threat called, “Employees are Taking Data when They Quit.” Head over to Theater C on the expo show floor at 2:15 p.m. ET on Monday to catch his talk.

Tuesday and Wednesday:

Code42 Customer MACOM in Booth #1141
Don’t take our word for it. Hear from one of our power users, MACOM’s David Chiang, about how he uses the Code42 solution to hang onto MACOM’s most valuable files. Be sure to spend some time talking to David in Code42 booth #1141 about how he tackles the challenge of data loss from departing employees and protects MACOM’s highly proprietary semiconductor designs and CAD drawings. He’ll be in the booth Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Other Activities in Code42 Booth #1141

Monday: Demos and Drinks, 4-7:30 p.m.
End your day with a product demo and glass of McSwagger’s Own Ale from local brewery Crooked Can Brewing Company.

Tuesday: Demos and Donuts, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Grab mini donuts made fresh in our booth while taking in a solution demo.

Wednesday: Midweek Energy Boost, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Need some more wings mid-week? We’re doing a Red Bull giveaway and solution demos.

Thursday: Thank You, Safe Travels Cookies, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Before you finish at Ignite, swing in for a solution demo and fresh-made cookies.

Code42 security industry awards

Gosh, Well, What Can We Say Except “Thank You?”

Wherever their sensitive data and IP lives or moves, whether on endpoints, Google Drive or portable hard drives, companies trust us to protect their ideas and most valuable data, and we take that trust seriously. Ensuring their success is our number one mission at Code42.

That’s why it is especially gratifying when we are recognized among the industry’s most innovative and progressive companies for finding new ways to help our customers’ speed their detection and response to insider threats and other data loss and exfiltration events. We are thrilled to announce that in the first half of 2019 our Code42®Next-Gen Data Loss Protection solution has earned a number of industry honors:

  • Cybersecurity Insiders named Code42 a Gold Winner for Data Leakage Protection and a Silver Winner for Best Cybersecurity Company in the 2019 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. These awards are produced in partnership with more than 400,000 cybersecurity professionals on LinkedIn to make award selections. 
  • Code42 was twice named a winner in the Cyber Defense Magazine 2019 InfoSec Awards in the categories of Next-Gen Data Loss Prevention and Next-Gen Insider Threat Detection. The Code42 Next-Gen DLP was selected by a panel of security professionals for the honor, which seeks to recognize industry innovators and those poised to become the next generation of industry leaders. 
  • Code42 Next-Gen DLP won the Bronze Stevie® Award in the Endpoint Security Management Solution category as part of the 17thAnnual American Business Awards®. More than 200 professionals worldwide participate in judging the Stevie® Awards. 

While we’re proud to make a difference in the businesses of our customers, we also take pride in making Code42 a great place to work for employees. 

  • For the fifth time, Code42 was named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune, our local Minneapolis newspaper. As a Top Workplace, Code42 joins the ranks of the most progressive companies in Minnesota, based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction.

It’s the dedication and hard work of our employees that enable us to continue to fulfill our customer-first mission. With that said, we want to extend a special thanks to our employees and customers whose passion for what they do has driven us for the last 18 years to become an industry leader in data security.

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The Best of Evolution19 (Video)

Wow! What a great time we had at Evolution19 in Denver, April 30 to May 2. The event was jam packed with educational sessions, many opportunities to network and meet other customers, hear about product roadmap and what to expect from Code42 in the coming year. Evolution19 attendees heard about this year’s focus on actionable data insights, including new dashboards and alerting, which are coming soon. In addition, customers can expect new data security applications developed on top of the platform to support insider threat workflows, such as departing employees, workforce reductions and more. Be sure to stay up-to-date on product news by joining the Code42 customer community and registering for our quarterly product webinars.

Watch Evolution19 highlights.

And now, the Evolution19 Top 5:

5. Seattle Police Department Detective Ian Polhemus and Police Dog Bear: Okay, a dog as a keynote? Yes. We heard Ian talk about security and how Bear locates items you can’t easily see. This visibility message hit home for attendees as they thought about how effectively and quickly they can investigate and remediate data following a breach.  If your organization is still challenged to understand the forensics of a breach or attack and recover your data, just think of Code42 as your own personal Bear.

Code42 Evolution19 Keynote

4. Upgrades: Upgrading to a Code42 cloud solution is so easy that one of your peers moved to the cloud while onsite at Evolution19! As you embark on your own digital transformation, an upgrade gives you access to our best security and risk management tools.

It was exciting to see IT teams working hand-in-hand with their partners in Security to develop data protection strategies that really serve their businesses–we had some big teams attend Evolution19 together this year, and they were able to make some key  decisions on site.

3. Education and Training: Knowledge is power and you knocked it out of the park at Evolution19! A total of 35 people successfully became certified Code42 Administrators. We offered two certification classes and certified almost 50 admins and help desk staff. More than 90 customers took part in seven educational workshops that were hosted during the event. Five people also took our new Security Specialist exam that was offered as part of the Code42 Next-Gen DLP workshop.

Code42 Evolution19 Training

2. The Evolutionaries: We love to honor attendees for demonstrating their strength in security and creating a better workplace for the businesses they serve. This year, there were 30 finalists for the Evolutionaries and 10 winners. Watching the winners dance up onto the stage was a true highlight of this year’s Evolutionaries security industry awards.

Code42 Evolution19 Evolutionaries Awards

1. Networking: We heard all over the conference that the best times were when people had time to connect and learn from other Code42 customers. Whether it was dancing at Lucky Strike, earning cash through questions in sessions, meeting others or petting puppies from the Denver Animal Shelter, this group took advantage of this unique chance to network; it was very fun to watch.

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what Evolution19 attendees had to say:

“Evolution19 has delivered on its promise. From panel sessions, workshops, product training and certification courses, Code42 has once again shown its commitment to its customers.”

Zerin Dube, Code42 customer and HFF Engineering Director

I debated going this year (since I just attended in 2018). So glad I went! Tons of new, valuable information; I reconnected with peers and colleagues; and saw the best doggone keynote speaker ever!”

David Paul, Code42 customer

“Finishing up an awesome few days here in Denver for Evolution19. Thank you to the Code42 team for putting on such a great event. Lots of fun, learning and connecting. Congrats to MACOMs own David Chiang on his Evangelist award! #thankyou #denver #code42 #macomlife”

Lauren Walsh, Code42 customer


Code42 Bring Your Coder to Work Day 2019

Code42 Builds Security Workforces From the Ground Up While Connecting With Our Community

An ongoing conversation within security and technology, is how to create more diversity in the workplace. To do so, it’s imperative to introduce science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities to all kids at a young age and spark an interest in a future career in the field. At Code42, we’ve been working to help change that narrative through a variety of in-house initiatives and outreach activities. We’ve worked with the Girl Scouts on coding and cyber badges, sponsored numerous women in tech events, including Minnesota Women in Tech and NCWIT Aspirations in Computing, and this summer we’ll be hosting a week-long App Camp For Girls and gender non-conforming kids.

“ Kids gain a better understanding of the role technology plays in their day-to-day lives, and how they all can help shape present and future technologies. ”

But one of the perennial favorites for both the kids and grownups at Code42 is our annual Bring Your Coder to Work Day, the Code42 version of Bring Your Child To Work Day. Turns out this annual event is also one of the best opportunities for outreach in helping shape future generations of kids interested in STEM careers.

This year, on April 25, approximately 200 future coders from ages 0-18 years descended on the Code42 headquarters in downtown Minneapolis to participate in a day of learning led by current Code42 employees, also  known as Guardians. The event, now in its fifth year, is a fun way for kids to learn and get excited about careers in technology.

Starting out young, our littlest guardians (0-5 years) gain familiarity with coding basics by playing Robot Turtles board games while experiencing the unique office environment of mom’s or dad’s tech company (Juice in the fridge! Cereal bar! Bean bag chairs!).  

From there the kids progress with their knowledge by age group and take part in a variety of coding activities, including:

  • Dash the Robot & Scratch: teaching young kids about the basics of algorithms and writing instructions for computers – which is then brought to life by completing various challenges with Dash the Robot.
  • Joke Machine: Kids learned the basics of HTML and CSS to create their own website with their best jokes. (i.e. Q: What does a baby computer call its father? A: Data)
  • Arduino: Kids learned the basics of C programming, circuitry and problem-solving with Arduino kits.
  • Picade: This session focused on how to assemble a hand-built arcade gaming system using a Raspberry Pi.
  • Capture the Flag (CTF): And new this year, the oldest kids took part in a specially designed CTF exercise with our Security Team. Kids learned about ethical hacking and how to solve problems without having a clear roadmap from which to work.

The day provided STEM and cybersecurity learning opportunities in a fun environment for kids of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to adding mom/dad cred, kids gain a better understanding of the role technology plays in their day-to-day lives, and how they all can help shape present and future technologies.

I’ve witnessed firsthand the value of this day. My daughter took part in her third Coder Day this year – a day she looks forward to and talks about throughout the year. She loved getting to make her robot “dance” and left the office asking if she could get her own robot so she could continue to practice coding.

This day has imparted a sense of confidence and empowerment in her. I’ve overheard her in conversations with both grown-ups and kids, when someone brings up a problem they are having, she jumps in with, “My mom can fix that, she’s a coder! And someday I’m going to be a coder, too.”  Of course, that sort of response makes me feel like a bit of a superhero, but moreover, it encourages me that the lessons she learns from Coder Day are foundational building blocks that demonstrate to her the power to solve problems lies with her, not someone else.

I look forward to seeing this generation of diverse coders continue to grow and re-shape the world of security and technology that we know today. Beyond that, Coder Day is simply SO rewarding and tons of fun!

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Code42 Learning for Life

At Code42, We Embrace Learning as Part of Life

As human beings, we are constantly learning. While we work, we’re constantly getting better at our job skills and becoming more knowledgeable in our field. But we also learn from our experiences at work — how we interact with one another and our environment. Learning on the job is inevitable. Employers that embrace that fact and support their employees’ learning journey can help them develop faster and with more confidence.

At Code42, learning is a core part of our culture. This fall, we embraced that by launching a two-month program called “Learning for Life.” Our mission was to highlight the programs, resources and brilliant minds at Code42 through internal education sessions, keynote speakers and opportunities to learn something new. We encouraged curiosity and expanded perspectives for the amazing lifelong learners we are fortunate to employ. We were quite happy to hear the reactions of those who participated in the program:

“ Our mission was to highlight the programs, resources and brilliant minds at Code42 through internal education sessions, keynote speakers and opportunities to learn something new. ”

“I enjoyed the variety of topics and that Code42 was intentionally planning content for this program,” said participant Eileen Potter. “This made me think about the ways I am continually learning. While I’ve always done that in my career, it’s really nice to have an employer actively supporting me with a learning culture.”

“I loved having the chance to hear from a variety of people throughout the company,” said attendee Beth Bornhoeft. “As someone who’s relatively new to the Code42, I felt like this was a chance to get a crash course in institutional knowledge. I found myself with a ton of takeaways that I can use in my job.”

As part of an incredibly dynamic tech industry, we at Code42 are committed to providing learning opportunities that are critical to our success and that of our employees. We know that, in order to remain competitive in the ever-changing market, we need to create an environment that is nimble, agile and flexible to keep pace. That means developing learning and training opportunities that support the personal and professional development of our people.

We believe that a learning mindset is a conscious choice on how to approach work and life. If we cultivate an environment that encourages trial and error as well as resilience and growth, we have a formula for success.

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At Nasdaq with Pledge 1%

A few years ago, Code42 President and CEO Joe Payne laid out his vision for how Code42 could leave a greater, deeper mark in our communities. In fact, one of our corporate values is to leave the world a better place.

Part of this commitment included joining Pledge 1%, a non-profit organization that started a global movement to encourage companies to integrate giving back into the core of their business. To help celebrate Pledge 1%’s four-year anniversary, we recently joined them in New York along with other member companies to ring the bell at the Nasdaq. It was quite a thrill to be there among a group of some the world’s most innovative companies and talk about social responsibility and how we can do more to give back.

Pledge 1%’s representative said, “We’re ringing the bell to honor all of our Pledge 1% member companies who have gone public already, as well as our Pledge 1% members who will undoubtedly ring the bell in the future.”

Code42 at Nasdaq with Pledge 1%

More information on Code42’s corporate philanthropy program can be found here.

Code42 Extra Life

Code42 Raises Over $13,000 for Children’s Miracle Network

This month, gamers of all kinds at Code42 participated in Extra Life, an annual charitable event during which participants pledge to take part in marathon gaming sessions, stream their efforts online, and solicit donations from friends and family. Most Extra Life teams play for 24 hours straight, but our team went above and beyond — this year we extended our Extra Life marathon to 42 consecutive hours to pay homage to our company name. It was a tough two days, but definitely worth it, as the money raised is for a good cause. “Staying up all night gaming with coworkers who are united by a great cause to help a local hospital make sick kids’ lives a bit better — now that’s a great combination,” said player Brian Sweet.

“ The excitement and enthusiasm that goes into participating in Extra Life is magical. I look forward to it all year long. I hope we can continue to raise the bar each year and make that impact bigger! ”

As of this writing, Team Code42 has raised $13,290 for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and other Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals — an increase of more than 30 percent over last year’s event. All donations from Extra Life go directly to the CMN hospitals, including our local CMN location, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. As a Minneapolis-based company, we are particularly excited to help a Twin Cities-based hospital, as giving back to our community is an important part of our company culture.

“Children’s Miracle Network hospitals do amazing work and save lives every day,” said participant Joseph Bozarth. “It means a lot to help them help even more children. It was also a great opportunity to get to know a lot of my coworkers better as we gamed together for a good cause.”

Taking advantage of our Volunteer Time Off program, which grants every Code42 employee two days per year to use for volunteer opportunities, our team of around 50 players spread out across several gaming waves to keep the experience fresh and exciting for the entire 42-hour event. A small crew of primarily Xbox One players kicked off the event on Thursday afternoon, another wave started Thursday evening and a third wave joined in Friday morning to take the team through to Saturday. Throughout the entire event, a separate group provided color commentary (and comedy) for the stream. If you were watching, you might have seen a frenzied match of Rocket League with two burly men in the corner talking about their beard grooming tips. 

Several games were streamed over the course of the event, including For Honor, Rocket League, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Dungeons & Dragons and many more. A few special events during the marathon grabbed company-wide attention, such as when members of the Code42 executive team competed against each other in Mario Kart (Senior Vice President of Research, Development and Operations Rob Juncker was the undisputed winner). Another highlight of the event was Rock Band 4, which was set up in the lunchroom for anyone in the company to play. You could hear the sounds of people singing Journey songs throughout the office.

“The excitement and enthusiasm that goes into participating in Extra Life is magical,” said Team Code42 member Tim Putnam. “I look forward to it all year long. I hope we can continue to raise the bar each year and make that impact bigger!”

We want to sincerely thank everyone who donated to our Extra Life event. If you meant to donate but didn’t get to it, there’s still time. To make a safe and easy online donation to a member of our team, click on the “Roster” tab and then on a participant’s name. Your donation is tax-deductible and will make miracles happen for families who desperately need them.

Thank you so much for supporting our team’s efforts!

Code42 Experience Week: Connecting, Learning and Values

Recently, a cohort of about 30 talented new Code42 hires spent a week with our leadership team, taking in their advice and wisdom. It was Experience Week, our quarterly cultural deep-dive that all new employees participate in within the first 90 to 180 days of their time with the company. Experience Week is a cross-functional, educational, and rewarding experience, and it’s always delivered by senior leaders at Code42.

“ New hires find their place to belong and are charged to make an impact at Code42. It is a powerful and unique experience that motivates and supports our employees. ”

During the week, executives share their experiences, talk about Code42’s values and give a bird’s eye view of the work their teams are doing to move our business forward. In addition, they share anecdotes about family life, hobbies and passions outside of work. Here are some of the snippets shared at our most recent Experience Week:

  • “Greatness is a choice. It’s being able to see things the way they could be,” said Mike Robbins, senior vice president of worldwide sales. “It’s not a function of circumstances. That’s not how greatness works. We need to choose it.”
  • “Working at Code42 doesn’t come with an instruction manual, it’s a chance to make an impact,” said Leslie Pendergrast, senior vice president of people. “It’s not a calm carousel ride, but instead a thrilling and exciting roller coaster.”
  • “As Mark Zuckerberg says, ‘If you’re not breaking stuff, you’re not moving fast enough,’” said senior vice president of research, development and operations Rob Juncker, as he charged the new hires to move fast and innovate.

Feedback from new hires that have gone through Experience Week affirm the personal value they place on the experience. “Every company should invest in their people like this,” said one attendee.

Code42 Experience Week 2018

Here are some more thoughts from Experience Week attendees:

  • “Thank you for taking the time to invest in this for all new hires. I can’t tell you how far it goes to really indoctrinate us into the culture and heartbeat of the company. As a remote employee, it was even more invaluable.”
  • “I learned a ton about what it will take to succeed at Code42 and emerged really energized to break out of my comfort zone.”
  • “I was inspired to bring passion and commitment every day and be in charge of my own development.”

Education and connection

As much as Experience Week is about equipping new hires with the context they need to be successful at Code42, it’s equally about connection — connection to our culture and values, and most importantly, our people. By the end of Experience Week, our cohorts of new hires have close connections to 30 to 40 employees from all across the company.

These connections are formed in part by the entertaining evening activities that are part of Experience Week. In the past, these activities have included Iron Chef style cooking competitions, Amazing Race inspired scavenger hunts, Segway tours, escape rooms, Minnesota Twins baseball games and happy hours with executives.

Capstone experience: a personal manifesto

The action-packed week ends with every member of the new hire cohort sharing their personal manifesto. It’s their chance to present themselves to the company in a personal and creative way. The entire company is invited to watch the presentations and learn about who our new employees are, what drives them personally, and how they plan to make an impact on the organization going forward.

We are only as good as our people. Experience Week is an investment in our team members. New hires find their place to belong and are charged to make an impact at Code42. It is a powerful and unique experience that motivates and supports our employees with the context and connections they need to pursue peak performance, individually and collectively.

Are you a difference-maker? Join our team and maybe we’ll see you at our next Experience Week. code42.com/careers