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May 04, 2010

Echoworx Improves PGP Interoperability Features

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

User encryption of online messages sent and received in an organization has become a critical component of an organization’s business strategy. Helping the companies in this regard, Echoworx Corporation has announced that its PGP interoperable Encrypted Mail Gateway (News - Alert) privacy application has new features and functionality.

Encrypted Mail Gateway is an easy-to-deploy, easy-to-manage boundary encryption solution that enables organizations to enforce encryption policies without any need for client software or changes to existing workflows, claims Echoworx Corporation

Recently, there has been lot of awareness about interoperability of encryption solutions thanks to the new legislation on the part of HIPAA. There is absolutely no question that automated encryption, and more importantly email encryption, is critical, when you consider the sheer number of user encryption requirements, claims Echoworx.

“We are ever mindful of the importance of interoperability and this added functionality ensures ease of use for our current PGP (News - Alert) integration customers between third party PGP (and S/MIME) credentials," says Michael Ginsberg, pPresident and CEO of Echoworx. "With more stringent regulatory requirements, interoperability and ease of use of encryption capabilities are becoming important. Our privacy applications have always helped businesses overcome the complexities of deploying end-to-end encryption solutions.”

Anyone with a valid third party public certificate such as PGP or S/MIME can easily upload their credentials into the Echoworx key repository with this latest offering. Any new messages sent through the Encrypted Mail Gateway will automatically be encrypted. It provides features such as automatic harvesting and storage of newer versions of public certificates, self-managed and intuitive credential handling and automated warnings when the credentials are about to expire.

Recently, the company partnered with Apptix (News - Alert) to provide advanced encryption on e-mail, voice and collaboration services to companies in the healthcare and finance fields. Apptix is currently offering Encrypted Mail and anticipates offering Encrypted Mail Gateway later in the year, both from the Echoworx suite of privacy applications. These will be offered to customers as security bundles.

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

Edited by Alice Straight

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