Despite the rise in text messaging, instant messaging, social networking, and other forms of communication, email continues to be the predominant business collaboration tool. But the unsecure nature of email has resulted in the inadvertent and malicious exposure of sensitive information.
Technologies to encrypt email, such as S/MIME and Open PGP, have been available for several years, but they have failed to achieve widespread adoption. The limited use of these technologies is primarily due to their deployment complexity and the burden they place on the sender and the recipient to open and manage encrypted messages.
Cisco IronPort Email Encryption overcomes the problems of earlier encryption technologies by providing a solution that that meets compliance requirements for email encryption, while delivering powerful new email control features - all in an easy-to-use, broad-reaching, and affordable offering.
Along with RSA Email DLP, Cisco IronPort Anti-Spam, and Cisco IronPort Virus Outbreak Filters, Cisco IronPort Email Encryption is integrated into the high-performance line of Cisco IronPort email security appliances. Converging email functions into a single appliance means a simpler email infrastructure and lower capital and operational costs.
Flexible sender encryption
The sender can initiate encryption through a wide variety of means, including installing an email client plug-in that allows them to encrypt a message with the click of a button, marking the message as urgent, or using a code word (such as "encrypt") in the subject line. Emails can also be encrypted automatically through administrator-configured policies.
Support for all email platforms
Messages encrypted using Cisco IronPort Email Encryption can be opened by any AOL, Yahoo!, Gmail, or Hotmail user, as well as by traditional enterprise email clients such as Outlook, Lotus Notes, and Groupwise.
Flexible key management
Cisco takes the burden out of encryption key management through a hosted key management service. The Cisco Registered Envelope Service provides secure and transparent management of encryption key creation, distribution, and retention. Operating from multiple Cisco data centers, this service has high availability and 10-year key retention. If an organization cannot permit a hosted key service, Cisco provides the flexibility of on-premises key management with the Cisco IronPort Encryption Appliance.