Sparda-Datenverarbeitung Implements Comprehensive E-Mail Security With Utimaco Safeware’s Secure-Mail Gateway

Oberursel, 22th January 2004 – Sparda-Datenverarbeitung eG, IT service provider to the Spardabanken, the PSD Banken (post savings and loans banks)and the NetBank, has signed a contract with Utimaco Safeware for securing the e-mail traffic, for up to 8,000 users. The contract, including an extensive service package, involves a combination of the SecurE-Mail Gateway solution and individual custom extensions for Sparda-Datenverarbeitung.

With Utimaco Safeware’s SecurE-Mail Gateway, e-mails can be encrypted and decrypted, digitally signed and verified at one central location in the corporate network. This process is invisible to the user and requires no additional e-mail security software on the workstation. The Software Appliance concept, with a hardened operating system and its own CA (Certification Authority) for S/MIME and OpenPGP provides many ways in which security concepts can be implemented for corporate internal and external e-mail traffic.

Sparda-Datenverarbeitung was looking for a solution with which its demanding security policy and performance requirements could be met. At the same time, the solution needed to be flexible enough to handle the increasing number of users, and their requirements, effectively. Norbert Raum-Deinzer, in Sparda-Datenverarbeitung’s Server Process Management department, explained: “Utimaco Safeware impressed us with its product and its solution design. Its comprehensive and secure concept, ease of use and excellent performance convinced us, as did the fact that it is such good value for money. These criteria are especially important for us, and for meeting our customer’s solution requirements.”

“We are very pleased that we have gained another well-known customer for our e-mail security solution in Sparda-Datenverarbeitung. Our concept of supplying solutions for central e-mail security has proven itself effective.” commented Jorg-Marcus Horn, Utimaco Safeware AG’s Gateway Solution Manager. “We will draw on Sparda-Datenverarbeitung’s innovative strategies in future developments of SecurE-Mail Gateway.”

Utimaco Safeware’s SecurE-Mail Gateway is already successfully in use at many customers such as MAN Technologie AG, ZMD AG, Stadtwerke Wuppertal (municipal works) and Investitionsbank Berlin.

Utimaco Safeware AG is one of the leading European technology manufacturers of professional IT security solutions. The security technology and solutions developed by Utimaco Safeware protect the electronic data of companies and government bodies against unauthorised access and guarantee that business processes and administrative procedures in the electronic world are binding and confidential. The business unit Transaction Security is specialized on security solutions based on own technology platforms for trustworthy e-business and e-government (gateways for e-mail security, authentication and signature services, PKI, PKI-enabled applications and hardware security modules).

Sparda-Datenverarbeitung eG (SDV), Nuremberg, Germany, is a company that currently employs approximately 330 staff. It operates a mainframe computing centre, supports a client/server environment with approximately 10,000 connected workplaces and 500 servers, and develops modern customer applications.

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