Tuesday, 07 July 2020 10:30

DekkoLynx aims to block video snoopers

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The sudden growth in working from home led to similar growth in the use of video conferencing, and that was closely followed by concerns about its security and privacy. An Australian company claims to have the answer.

Australian cyber security company Dekko Secure has launched its DekkoLynx video conferencing system with "military-grade" security.

"Every message, document and communication passed through the Dekko platform is secured with multiple layers of encryption and can only be read, seen or heard by the sender and the receiver. No information on the server or in transit can be used to decrypt and read the data. Even the creators of Dekko and administrators of a system using Dekko Secure cannot see users data, since the user's password is itself encrypted. A minimum of three layers of encryption are used at all times, on all secured objects. Every communication has its own key."

The company did not explain how that statement squares with the requirements of the Assistance and Access Act.

DekkoLynx has been independently tested by Enex TestLab. Senior security test team lead, Kayne Naughton says, "It's been excellent to work with Dekko on the security of their platform. They've developed a system that has been designed from the ground up to secure customer data. It's very reassuring for prospective customers to have the Dekko security implementation details and independent reports public on their website rather than just saying 'trust us'."

Dekko Secure CEO Jacqui Nelson said "There is widespread knowledge of the security gaps in current video conferencing, given the global rise in working from home during COVID-19.

"Being assured that your sensitive and confidential video chats are protected from unwanted eyes and ears is essential for governments, law enforcers, medical professionals, lawyers, accountants, journalists, board of directors, teachers, business professionals and many others regardless of whether they're working remotely or need to collaborate across geographies."

She noted that a state law enforcement agency and a federal government department have been beta users of DekkoLynx.

"Working flexibly and from home is here to stay as governments, organisations and businesses around the world attempt to keep their workforce safe till a COVID-19 vaccine can be found. The world, however, is unlikely to return to how it was as more people enjoy the freedom from travel, increased productivity and reduced travel expenses and governments seek to minimise environmental impacts and reduce carbon emissions. Now, more than ever, we need an easy to use and secure video conferencing solution," said Nelson.

DekkoLynx is hosted in Australia on Microsoft Azure, and provides auditability and accountability via an immutable log of schedules, invites and attendance.

A limited free trial is available. Prices start at $20.99 a month for an individual user, including 'meet with anyone' capability. $27.99 per month gets the small business tier with enhanced support, white labelling, and centralised billing. The $37.99 corporate tier adds single sign-on and premium support. Customised services for enterprise and government are available.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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