Cybersecurity Study: Do companies take data protection and security seriously?

The number of cyber incidents has been rising for years, and attacks on companies are becoming more aggressive and increasingly sophisticated. These worrying trends pose new organizational and financial challenges for companies. A study commissioned by Threema felt the pulse of managers from different business sectors. The goal of the study was to see what role cybersecurity plays in companies, with a focus on communication tools and mobile devices.

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Streamlined User Administration in the Management Cockpit

Threema Work’s management cockpit has received one of the most extensive updates in years. Not only was the user management completely redesigned, but various useful features were added to help administrators manage users in a more intuitive and efficient manner.

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The Flip Side of Federated Messaging Solutions

Federation is sometimes considered the system of the future. It’s not surprising, therefore, that federated chat services are becoming more popular in certain circles. Although their advantage is that they are not dependent on a single server operator, there are a number of major drawbacks in terms of security and privacy protection compared to centrally managed solutions.

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Success Story: A Quantum Leap in Mission Communication Thanks to Threema Work

In an emergency, every minute counts. To make sure the injured persons get help as quickly as possible, smooth and efficient communication is essential.

For seamless communication during rescue missions, the Swiss Alpine Rescue (SAR) therefore relies on the business messenger Threema Work. 84 rescue stations throughout Switzerland and around 3,300 rescuers use the secure and privacy-compliant communication channel.

Watch the video above to find out what role Threema Work plays in mission communication and which features are particularly useful.

Threema Launches New Partner Program

To increase the availability of our business solutions and provide customers around the world with professional advice, we have launched a partner program. It lays the foundation for a global network of IT service providers who resell Threema Work and Threema OnPrem.

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Video: Secure Business Messaging with Threema Work

Instant messaging not only facilitates communication in private life but also in the business environment. Every day, countless chat messages are exchanged among work colleagues and business partners – often including confidential information and personal data. However, mobile phones have become a popular target for cybercriminals, which requires companies to ensure that instant messaging at work is on the right track.

Threema Work’s new promo clip shows how companies avoid dangerous shadow IT and protect employees against cyber threats. It also demonstrates the versatile use cases of a secure business messenger and touches on the features and benefits Threema Work has to offer.

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New EU Regulations Aim to Strengthen Cyber Resilience

At the end of 2022, the European Union launched a set of regulations (NIS2, DORA, and CER) that aim to reduce vulnerabilities for cyberattacks in organizations and strengthen the physical resilience of critical entities. The scope of the new legal framework is wide-ranging and imposes profound changes on organizations.

Webinar About NIS2, DORA, and CER

In our webinar on the subject, Rodrigo López Crespo, Criminal and Cybersecurity Lawyer at Monereo Meyer Abogados, and Miguel Rodríguez, Chief Revenue Officer at Threema, talk about business communication in view of the NIS2, DORA, and CER regulations. The webinar is available as an on-demand recording.

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What the New Federal Act on Data Protection Means for Swiss Companies

On September 1, 2023, the new Federal Act on Data Protection (nFADP) came into effect. The revision aligns the level of protection for personal data in Switzerland with the one the GDPR requires, thus ensuring that the European Commission’s adequacy decision will be renewed. This allows companies from Switzerland and the EEA to continue to exchange and process data in a legally compliant way.

Webinar About the nFADP

In our webinar on the subject, Kathrin Schmid, CISO at Friendly, and Peter Szabó, Legal Counsel at Threema, talk about what Swiss companies have to consider to comply with the nFADP’s requirements. The webinar is available in German as an on demand recording.

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Threema Work 5.4 for iOS: Test the Upcoming Desktop App

The latest Threema Work update for iOS allows users to test version 2.0 of Threema Work’s desktop app ahead of time.

The next generation of the desktop app is based on a totally new architecture, introduces a completely redesigned UI, and offers multi-device support: even when your smartphone is turned off or not connected to the Internet, you’re able to chat from the computer.

Learn how to test Threema Work 2.0 for desktop in this FAQ article.

More details about the 5.4 update can be found in the changelog.

Email vs. Instant Messaging

Can you imagine working without email? You’re not the only one who can’t: for decades, email has been an integral part of corporate communication. Even though several other online communication services have emerged since the first email was sent in the 70s, many studies have shown that email still is the most used communication channel. So why should it be replaced or complemented with instant messaging?

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Why C-Level Executives (Should) Use a Secure Business Messenger

Chat apps and their benefits of fast and easy communication have long arrived in companies. Many executives in C-level positions have come to appreciate the flexibility messengers offer: particularly in turbulent times, where one meeting comes after another, it’s practical to easily exchange important information via chat or quickly react to a message.

The Risks of Instant Messaging

In the hectic pace of everyday life, however, the security of a communication channel is often given little to no importance. A risk for companies: Regular chat services and the chat feature in collaboration tools don’t protect confidential information and personal data of employees sufficiently. This violates current data-protection regulations and can lead to heavy fines.

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The Benefits of a Secure Business Messenger

The business messenger Threema Work combines security, GDPR-compliance, and the advantages instant messaging offers. End-to-end encryption and metadata restraint ensure optimal protection of communication and personal data. This makes Threema Work the ideal tool for spontaneous conferences via a video group call, for example. Another handy feature are polls in group chats, which facilitate finding a suitable date for the next meeting.

In Threema Work, internal company contacts are labeled as such. This prevents you from sending internal information to external parties by accident. Thanks to contact verification, you can also be sure that the person you are communicating with is actually who they claim to be, which is an effective countermeasure against CEO fraud.

Another important element is administrability: The powerful admin console allows administrators to implement security measures and define various app settings. For example, users who left the company can be automatically removed from groups to make sure internal information doesn’t fall into the hands of uninvolved third parties.

Long story short: A dedicated business messenger offers more than private messaging apps with respect to both business features and security and data protection. Especially for C-level positions, it’s worth introducing a secure WhatsApp alternative that protects confidential content and trade secrets appropriately.

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Threema Work vs. WhatsApp: Not Every Messenger Is Suitable for Corporate Use

For many, WhatsApp has become the preferred messaging service in their everyday life. Even companies increasingly rely on the messenger for internal communication. However, using Meta’s chat app for business purposes can have serious risks for a company.

Chat apps designed for personal use typically generate metadata, which is often processed and stored in countries outside of Europe, e.g., the USA. Since this violates the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), companies might face heavy fines. In addition, the protection of trade secrets can be lost, and company secrets or personal data of employees can fall into the hands of uninvolved third parties.

Threema Work provides the benefits an everyday messenger has, is GDPR-compliant, and – in contrast to WhatsApp – helps to protect trade secrets and employee data.

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Mobile Group Calls in the Business Context

If you need a fast response, a phone call is more efficient than a text message – this still holds true for the most part even though email, collaboration tools, and instant messengers have long become part of our communication habits. One-to-one and group calls, for example, allow you to discuss urgent matters quickly with one or several parties or update a project group on the latest developments while on the go.

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