EY France launches ‘Wire by EY’ for secure client communication and collaboration

Specialist workplace collaboration platform Wire has just announced that EY France – a key territory for the assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services organisation – is now using the Wire platform to enhance the security of its communications both internally and with third parties.

The ‘Wire by EY’ secure collaboration platform is badged as “the first privately hosted, secure and truly end-to-end-encrypted collaboration platform of its kind” in the world. The platform will enable employees, and trusted third parties such as EY’s clients, to exchange messages, calls, conference calls, group chats and share files through a single application, which will be available on both mobile and desktop devices.

The ‘Wire by EY’ application is hosted on EY France’s private cloud infrastructure located in France and offers an “extremely secure” workplace collaboration environment. Specific security features will include peer-to-peer encrypted messaging, encryption keys that change with each individual message and no central access to encryption keys in order to create a truly trusted environment.

In the face of rising geopolitical tensions and cyber threats, the agreement is said to mark a watershed moment in the approach taken by large multinational organisations to communication and collaboration. ‘Wire by EY’ signals another move away from e-mail and less robust workplace collaboration platforms to proactively safeguard the security and privacy of a company’s communications, while also reaping the productivity rewards of modern workplace collaboration technologies.

Commenting on the agreement with Wire, Yannick de Kerhor (chief digital officer for EY France) explained: “We chose Wire to develop a self-hosted, secure collaboration and communication platform primarily because it offers the most secure end-to-end encryption on the market without compromising user experience. Wire’s technology also allows EY to privately host the platform on our own private cloud in France. With this initiative, we’re moving first and fast in our industry, taking all means of communication around confidential data and projects to a new industry level of security.”

In response, Morten Brøgger (Wire’s CEO) said: “We’re proud to be working with EY to deliver a secure collaboration environment for its communications both internally and with third parties. We believe EY’s proactivity will be a wake-up call to public and private organisations alike around the world who are considering how best to address the rising tide of cyber threats.”

Since launching its enterprise product last year, Wire has acquired over 500 customers worldwide. They include the likes of Blackrock, Softbank Robotics, Unicef, the PFA Pension Fund and TeamViewer. The business is currently experiencing 23x year-on-year revenue growth.

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