INTEGRATIONS

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Task
Management

Recording

MDM/UEM

ETHICAL WALL -
INFORMATION BARRIERS

Control who can communicate with whom, using specific collaboration options. Apply policies on external or internal users and groups.
FOR MICROSOFT TEAMS

Granular control is offered based on groups, domains and users and applied dynamically based on the context of the communication
Policies can also be applied to flexibly control the types of communication such as IM’s, file sharing, screen sharing, audio and video
Policies can be applied to chat, teams and/or meetings depending on participant type (Employee, external or guest)
For information about Microsoft Information Barriers capabilities and limitations
check our blog post with all the information

ETHICAL WALL

HIGHLIGHTS

CONTROL ALL COMMUNICATION 
INTERACTIONS
SphereShield Ethical Wall - Information Barriers enables you to block and control voice, files, chat, video and screen sharing. Rules can be reciprocal (both parties blocked) or one-sided.
RULE-BASED ENFORCEMENT
Apply unlimited granular policies through robust policy enforcement that define permitted operations and content between communicating parties.

COMPLETE AUDITING AND 
REPORTING
Obtain complete information 
regarding violation attempts for training and awareness. Admins can be configured to be notified as incidents
happen.
SIMPLE AND POWERFUL
Rules are configured in a simple and intuitive web interface for ease of usage for compliance administrators. Rules are automatically implemented 
in almost no time from creation.
COVER ALL MICROSOFT TEAMS SCOPES
SphereShield Ethical Wall - 
Information Barriers for Microsoft Teams covers all scopes: Chat, Meetings and Teams & Channels
SAAS OR ON-PREMISE 
INSTALLATION
SphereShield Ethical Wall - 
Information Barriers for Microsoft Teams can be used both as a SaaS where no installation is required, or
 installed in the customer's DMZ or Cloud (Azure, AWS, etc.)

WHAT CAN THE ETHICAL WALL DO?

See below typical policies implemented by the Ethical
Prevent HR group from sharing files with non-HR members
Block desktop sharing for a specific group
Allow only Teachers to Create new Teams in a School Tenant
Allow only specific users/groups to
 communicate externally
Block communications between finance and research group
Block file transfer while communicating with a 
specific external domain
Block Finance Group from uploading any files to OneDrive, SharePoint or Teams

REAL-TIME COMPLIANCE TO SERVE MULTIPLE INDUSTRIES

SphereShield's Ethical Wall (Information Barriers) for Microsoft Teams was designed as a ready-to-serve tool with the focus on granularity.
INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC SOLUTIONS
FINANCIAL SERVICES AND TRADING
Banks, Investment funds, credit-card companies, insurance companies and accountancy firms need to comply with regulations such as FINRA, MiFID II or EMIR.

These regulations require blocking communications where there can be conflict of interests, for example, when investors talk with researchers that possess non-public information
HEALTHCARE
HealthCare institutions that need to comply with regulations such as HIPAA, need to control communications that could contain sensitive patient information.

For example, restricting doctors from sending files to preventing information mishandling
EDUCATION
Educational institutions often need to restrict communications to avoid behavior breaches and other unpleasant consequences. SphereShield can be used to create policies such as restricting a 12th grader from communicating with a 5th grader.

Additionally SphereShield Ethical Wall can create a rule that requires a coach or a Teacher to be present in every communication
LAW FIRMS
Some Law Firms are required to prevent lawyers communicating with each other to avoid conflict of interests.
COMMON PROBLEMS SOLVED BY THE ETHICAL WALL
BLOCK FILE SHARING ACROSS THE MICROSOFT ENVIRONMENT
SphereShield Ethical Wall for Microsoft blocks file sharing across Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and OneDrive, not allowing any loopholes in the process
PROTECT USERS PRIVACY
Companies that want to restrict communication between C-Level Executives and the rest of the company can prevent them from receiving unsolicited communications

The Ethical Wall can allow those executives to send messages and files but not the other way around
THIRD-PARTY OR OUTSOURCED COMPANIES RESTRICTION
SphereShield Ethical Wall can create policies to allow only one department to communicate to an external company, while blocking all other departments from doing so. Another scenario is when a company doesn’t want to allow meetings between external and internal employees.
NOTIFY PARTICIPANTS ABOUT POLICY RULES
SphereShield Ethical Wall notifies users about policy rules created using instant messages and action feedback popups.

Ensure that appropriate notifications are communicated to external and internal contacts.
  • FLEXIBLE AND SIMPLE POLICY CREATION
    SphereShield Allows creating multiple Ethical Wall policies using a variety of parameters quickly and intuitively.

    First, users need to define the conditions on which the policy should apply on. Conditions describe who the policy applies to, based on domains, groups and users. Groups can be fetched from your local AD or Azure AD.
    STEP 1
  • FLEXIBLE AND SIMPLE POLICY CREATION
    After that, the user selects which communication is going to be blocked or allowed. Choose between Chats, FileSharing, Audio in Meetings, Video in Meetings and Screen Sharing.

    The Ethical wall also controls meeting planning. If a policy is set to restrict video or audio, it will automatically cancel the meeting planned for the parties.
    STEP 2
  • FLEXIBLE AND SIMPLE POLICY CREATION
    Once done, the user can save and organize policies as needed. SphereShield works like a firewall and scans policies from top to bottom. The policies will be applied with almost immediate effect.
    STEP 3
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Compare Microsoft and AGAT control capabilities

Office 365

AGAT

Licenses -->
Essential / E3
E5 (Information Barriers)
SPT2 (E.W License)
Internal control by Groups/Users (Allow/Block)
External Control by External User (Allow/Block)
Granular Control Capabilities (IM’s/files/audio/
video/screen sharing)
Can be fully controlled by compliance role only
Web User Interface (GUI) Easy to operate
N/A
Notifications to end-user/admin
Incident auditing for compliance awareness and training
Reports by user/policy/
domain
External system integration/SIEM
Control Which Teams can add guest (coming soon)
Price/User/
Month
$5.00/ $20.00
$35.00
Up to 90% less

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ABOUT US

AGAT is an innovative software provider specializing in security and compliance solutions. AGAT’s award-winning flagship product - SphereShield, is a leading solution providing control of data and activities for Unified Communication (UC) & Collaboration services.
SphereShield AI RegTech capabilities analyze messages, files, audio and video for policy enforcement required by regulations such as FINRA, GDPR, HIPAA & MiFID II. It enables real-time content inspection addressing Data Leak Prevention (DLP), Ethical Wall as well as Anti Malware and eDiscovery requirements. SphereShield’s  conditional access capabilities and AI-based risk engine features add significant security improvements to on-prem or cloud UC service.

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