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April 07, 2010

EasyLink Debuts Secure Messaging Service

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Although e-mails have become the most preferred form of communication for corporate users, there are risks associated with using this form of communication. To help protect data and e-mails, EasyLink Serviceshas released now EasyLink Secure Messaging, a fully-hosted secure e-mail encryption service.

Companies and organizations need to communicate in compliance with a wide range of confidentiality and record-keeping standards from credit card security requirements to healthcare privacy mandates. EasyLink Secure Messaging integrates directly with existing business processes and helps companies to comply with various laws.

With enterprise-grade security for business application communications, EasyLink Secure Messaging enables organizations to take advantage of an easy-to-use, robust e-mail service. By securing the outbound transmission of confidential information to customers, partners, and shareholders, Secure Messaging enables highly-regulated organizations to mitigate risk and facilitate compliance with regulations including HIPAA, GLB and Sarbanes-Oxley.

“With EasyLink Secure Messaging, our clients will benefit from enterprise-class e-mail encryption capabilities through our outsourced solution without compromising their security requirements,” said Kevin Maloney, senior vice president, Global Sales and Marketing of EasyLink Services (News - Alert). “Implementing Secure Messaging will allow customers to benefit from the outstanding functionality, ease-of-use, and cost efficiencies they expect from EasyLink, while reducing their exposure to policy violation.”

Often, an on-premise encryption solution comes with baggage such as additional capital expenses and ongoing support and maintenance costs. EasyLink claims to eliminate these obstacles and offers seamless integration with back-end systems. The solution also offers message verification and detailed audit trails for compliance and governance requirements.

Recently, the company joined HP as a Silver Partner in the Enhanced Hewlett-Packard (News - Alert) Solutions Business Partner Program. Under this strategic partnership, HP will provide EasyLink with the software development tools, training, and support required to integrate its e-mail to fax solution for HP Multifunction Devices. Utilizing EasyLink’s on-demand fax service, HP MFD users will be able to send faxes using any MFD with an internet connection.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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