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SpiderOak Semaphor provides end-to-end encrypted messaging and file sharing that was designed for the enterprise but built with end users in mind, creating a chat platform that is both secure and private, as well as easy to adopt and use.


  • Most privacy- and security-oriented enterprise platforms, to date, have suffered from ease-of-use issues, putting them at risk for low adoption and user compliance.
  • Workers' desire to collaborate with familiar social-like tools often drives unsanctioned use of software and “shadow IT” in the enterprise, creating risk.
  • SpiderOak Semaphor offers end-to-end encrypted group chat and file sharing for enterprise users, designed specifically with ease of use as a core feature.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates the features of SpiderOak Semaphore as a secure enterprise-scale group collaboration, chat, and file-share platform.
  • Assesses the potential benefits of secure collaboration for organizations that may not be currently using encrypted internal communications.
  • Identifies the primary causes of enterprise "shadow IT" use of collaborative tools.

Key questions answered

  • Why is the SpiderOak Semaphor secure collaboration platform uniquely suited to the needs of an enterprise environment?
  • How does ease of use (or lack thereof) in a collaboration tool impact the downstream levels of IT and governance risk that an organization faces over the lifetime of a product?
  • What industries and types of organization may benefit the most from the use of a secure internal communications and collaboration platform?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Key messages
  • Ovum view

Recommendations for enterprises

  • Why put SpiderOak Semaphor on your radar?


  • Background
  • Current position

Data sheet

  • Key facts


  • On the Radar
  • Further reading
  • Author

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