A Canadian-developed classification product making big inroads in military, government and banking circles would have flagged the risks around the recent Accident Compensation Corporation data leaks and warned the sender not to transmit, says Titus founder and CEO Tim Upton.
Developed originally for the Canadian government, Titus is deployed by Defence in Australia and, within the past three months, was picked up by the US forces in Afghanistan and the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.
It is used by the US Air Force, most of the UK police forces, including the Metropolitan Police, Interpol and a major German bank.
Upton was in New Zealand recently to present to New Zealand Defence, where there is a small pilot installation running. While here, he signed a distribution agreement with Wellington company ITB Distributors.
“I started Titus 17 years ago as a consultancy and professional services company, and spun out the software side seven years ago,” he says.
“Canada had spent tens of millions of dollars on security that it never really used. The government came to us to be able to classify emails as to sensitivity.
“Titus warns the user about the sensitivity of the information and to slow down or stop. It checks if the information is flagged confidential and, if it is not an internal transmission, warns the sender not to send.”
While the software was developed for Canada, the Australian police picked it up first.
Today, 30 Australian government departments use Titus.
The software is licensed on a per-user basis. There is no server involved and it is easily deployed to the desktop. Upton says it was deployed to 100,000 seats at the Australian Department of Defence in just 10 days.
“It was a hot product at the recent RSA security conference,” Upton says.
There are, in fact, four tools, covering email, documents, desktop (everything else including images and PDFs), and Sharepoint, where metadata security and classification is provided.
Upton says his main competition comes from internally developed tools. In the US it happens to be the CIA but “they’re not very good at making software”.
Titus has several major partnership arrangements, including with Deloitte.
“We’ve showed 50 percent growth annually for each of the past five years,” he says. “We’re particularly seeing a large uptake in banks.”