Sterling Data Room

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Sterling Technology is a European virtual data room provider. Based in London and established in 1995, the company veered towards data rooms in 2010. They have since then become a prominent name in the data room industry, with offices in India and six countries in Europe.

Supporting thousands of data rooms across 160 countries, the Sterling solutions are used for closing deals across a wide spectrum of industries. That includes real estate, private capital, banking, legal, energy and infrastructure, pharma, and other fields. Besides VDRs, Sterling also offers other solutions for corporate work, including a platform for background checks.

The Sterling virtual data room solutions cater to businesses of small sizes. Multiple collaboration tools, access permissions, and audit trails help create a secure and easy-to-use platform that is perfectly suited for all kinds of data-intensive operations, including M&A, company restructuring, IPOs, fundraising, or issuing board reports or company audits.

Sterling deployment and support

There’s a good deal to be said about the Sterling deployment capabilities, as well as what it offers in terms of support.

Deployment

The Sterling data room is mainly deployed as a web-based solution — it requires no software or app downloads, instead launching through your browser on any computer or mobile device. 

Because it’s based on the cloud, like most virtual data rooms, it also doesn’t store data locally. Instead, it hosts your data in its own data centers in the UK, mainland Europe, and China. This gives users the added benefit of choosing where to host their data, ensuring compliance with any relevant local legislation.

Should you prefer to use a dedicated app, that option is also available. An app can be downloaded for both Android and iOS operating systems; besides, the Sterling VDR software can also be installed for PCs or laptops. It’s compatible with any Windows operating system from XP up, and with any Mac (10.5 or later).

Sterling also integrates with Adobe and Microsoft Office solutions for downloading, viewing, and editing content.

Support

The Sterling customer support is available 24/7/365 in several languages — users can contact a live representative through landlines in any of the following countries:

  • UK
  • Sweden
  • The Netherlands
  • India
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain

They also have an email option, but there isn’t a live chat option currently available. Other support options include:

  • Online webinars (available for download)
  • Blog with a multitude of how-to’s and other resources
  • Detailed FAQ section
  • Product documentation
  • Live training (on request)

Sterling also assigns every customer a dedicated Relationship Manager, helping clients get set up, onboard users, and familiarize themselves with the ins and outs of the Sterling data rooms.

Sterling pricing

Unlike the majority of virtual data rooms, the Sterling pricing system doesn’t work with a prefigured, feature-based plan. Instead, pricing hinges on the specific needs of the client in terms of storage volume, quantity of users, and other resources. 

Potential clients are encouraged to submit a quote through a form on the Sterling website. There is also a 14-day free trial available for testing out the platform.

Sterling security

Without a powerful set of security features, a virtual data room is nothing but a glorified folder. This is why Sterling invests heavily in all security aspects, from features designed to protect individual users to privacy restrictions that you can apply to different folders and files. 

The concern with security is specially present in the deployment of the Sterling cloud, which can be based in different locations according to your data hosting needs. This helps address questions of data sovereignty and supports compliance with legislation such as the GDPR.

For the individual user:

  • Strong password requirements. Users are required to create strong, hard-to-crack passwords
  • Multiple-step verification. Before logging in from a new device, a user must verify their identity through another means (such as an email or SMS confirmation, or an authenticator app)
  • Timeout. Software access is set to time out, so that if a user leaves the app running on an unprotected device, their account will automatically log off after some time

For administrators:

  • Audit trail. One of the key security elements in any VDR, this gives the admin an overview of everything that happens within the virtual data room. This includes logon data (IP, time of access), files viewed and edited, and so on
  • Access permissions. Files have different levels of confidentiality, so you should be able to store them accordingly. This feature allows you to assign files and folders different levels of protection, from least confidential to need-to-know. Depending on the level of permission they get, individual users will be able to access a greater or smaller part of the data room
  • Offline document protection. Safeguard your files against copying, editing, printing, and other ways of sharing. This works even after files have been downloaded by users
  • Automatic expiry. Set up a specific date and time for your files to self-destruct. Like Mission Impossible, but without the bang
  • IP block. Prevent specific IP addresses from accessing your data room
  • Custom watermarking. When viewing a watermark-protected file, users will see their own information as the watermark. This way, if a user shares a screenshot of the file, they’ll be sharing their own data, making it easy to stop leakers

Besides these and other security features, Sterling also ensures a protected environment for your files. Data is encrypted both in motion and in rest, and the platform is compliant with the main data protection certificates, ISO 27001, SOC-1 and SOC-2, as well as with relevant data protection frameworks such as the GDPR.

Sterling VDR services

FILES & FOLDERS MANAGEMENT
Automatic Numerical Indexing of Files & Foldersyes
Drag & Drop Upload of Multiple Files and Foldersyes
Desktop Synchronizationno
Archives Upload & Extractionno
Document Version Controlno
Multilingual Documents Indexyes
FILE PROTECTION & DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT
Granular Document Permissionsyes
View-Only Accessno
Prevention of Download, Print and Copyyes
Remote Shredding of Documentsyes
Customizable Document Watermarksyes
Secure Fence Viewyes
Document Access Expiryno
256-Bit SSL/TLS Encryptionyes
Data at Rest Encryptionyes
DATA HOSTING
99.9% Uptime Guaranteeno
ISO 27001 Certifiedyes
SOC 2 Certifiedno
SSAE 16 Certifiedno
Data Backupyes
Virus Scanningyes
ACCESS SECURITY
Two-Factor Authenticationsyes
Mobile Device Managementno
Granular User Permissionsno
Permission Groupsno
Access Expirationyes
Access Limitation by IP Addressno
ACCESSIBILITY & EASE OF USE
No Pluginsno
Scroll-Through Web-Based Document Viewerno
Web-Based Excel Spreadsheets Vieweryes
iOS Applicationno
Android Applicationyes
Mobile Device Interfaceyes
SEARCH, OCR & FILTERS
Search by Nameyes
Search by Content (Full Text Search)yes
OCR (Optical Character Recognition)no
Filtering by Parametersyes
COLLABORATION FEATURES
Basic Questions & Answers Moduleyes
Advanced Questions & Answers Moduleno
Secure User Messagingyes
New Document Email Notificationsno
Files & Folders Notesyes
ACTIVITY TRACKING & REPORTING
Tracking of All User Activityyes
Real-Time Audit Trailno
Graphic Reportsno
Exporting Reports to Excelno
Tracking of Document Viewing Timeyes
CUSTOMIZATION
Branded User Interfaceno
Custom Domainno
Custom Login Pageyes
Custom User Invitation Letterno
Custom Agreements for Accessing Data Roomyes
Active Directory Integrationno
Single Sign-On Integrationyes
Customer-Managed Encryption Keysyes
Integrations Through APIsno
Custom Workflows and Featuresyes
SUPPORT & SERVICES
Business Hours Supportyes
24/7 Email Supportyes
24/7 Phone & Email Supportyes
Online Help Centeryes
Live Trainingno
Dedicated Project Managerno
Data Room Archive on DVD or USB Driveyes
Translation Servicesno
DEPLOYMENT OPTIONS
Cloud (Web-Based)yes
On-Premise (Installed)yes
Multiple Datacenter Locationsyes
TRIAL & PRICING
Free Demono
Free Trialno
PriceAll price categories
COMPANY INFO
Established-
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
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