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Charlotte, N.C. (Mar. 1, 2017) – Virtual StrongBox, Inc. is a finalist for a Blue Diamond Award, which recognizes the best in technology in the greater Charlotte area. Known for its patented, state-of-the-art software and secure digital transformation platform for high-risk industries, Virtual StrongBox is one of three final contenders in the Business Value – Small Business category, which honors achievements of companies providing the most business value in information technology solutions.

President/CEO Ron Daly says Virtual StrongBox’s platform grew from the Company’s need to store its sensitive data and that of nearly 300 high-risk clients. Data security was the last objection to the enterprise technology team getting on the digital transformation train.

“Our clients recognized their future growth depends on innovative digital solutions that include a cloud technology strategy, but there wasn’t a solution robust enough to assure the highest data security for clients like financial institutions,” Daly said. “Given our team’s deep industry experience, we knew digital transformation and the cost benefits of cloud technology couldn’t be a reality for high-risk industries like ours until the problem of data security was resolved.”

Daly and his staff spent two years designing technology and challenging long-held industry beliefs to overcome the problem. When Daly launched Virtual StrongBox, cloud storage companies were consumer based and light on security; nothing was available for Enterprise-IT class firms like financial, insurance and healthcare organizations.

On top of addressing security concerns, Virtual StrongBox took extra steps toward data sovereignty and total information privacy. Only the Virtual StrongBox owner can see the files in his/her personal StrongBox, placing Virtual StrongBox strategy at the forefront of personal data stores and “identity hubs.” Consumers take possession of their digital assets and personal data, with the ability to store and exchange files as needed with external entities.

Protected by four patents, the system’s secure file-exchange feature and open API strategy helps innovative companies use the cloud to transform workflows and realize operational efficiencies.

“The Blue Diamond Awards have celebrated the Charlotte region’s best in technology for more than 20 years. The 2017 celebration will be greater than ever as business and technology leaders

come together to recognize the exceptional technology innovation and talent of Charlotte’s BDA finalists,” said Kay Read, Collaborative Director.

In partnership with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Diamond Awards are presented by the Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative, which promotes economic development by connecting businesses, education, and organizations to encourage and nurture a diverse technology talent pipeline. The Charlotte region includes 2.8 million people living in 12 counties in North Carolina and four in South Carolina.

Along with Business Value, the awards honor achievements in Cool Innovation, Community Outreach, Human Capital, IT Entrepreneur and Student Innovator.

Last year’s award recipients include Ally Bank, AvidXchange, Product Stack, E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide), Ekos Brewmaster, SIM (Society for Information Management), and Cloud Genera. Awards will be presented April 4 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.

Blue Diamond Awards gather top IT and business executives to support a culture that emphasizes the importance of technology and acknowledge Charlotte’s role as a competitive hub for technology innovation. Already the nation’s second-largest financial center, the City was recognized in 2015 for its impressive growth in the technology sector – 28% between 2010 and 2013.

About Virtual StrongBox, Inc.

Virtual StrongBox is a secure platform that enables digital transformation for the high-risk Enterprise. The platform provides the data security needed to support both secure cloud usage and simple, seamless customer interactions. Our secure document storage and file-exchange platform transforms legacy technology and workflows by bridging the gap between customer convenience demands and IT security requirements.

Clients report 70% to 80% in cost benefits from operating efficiencies, paper savings, labor and time-intensive processes, and the ability to exchange information and files with customers faster.

Virtual StrongBox is available in either a private-cloud, software-as-a-service model or licensing model for the enterprise. Nearly 300 clients, serving 3.5 million consumers and business owners, rely on Virtual StrongBox to modernize their technology and reduce workflow costs. Contact us at Virtual StrongBox, Inc. or (704) 817.4588.