Zertificon Solutions makes it possible – the “virtual admin room” in outsourcing

Berlin, June 16th, 2005 On the basis of the Z1 SecureMail Gateway the “virtual admin room” developed by the Berlin-based software specialist Zertificon Solutions Cellent AG will be offering unforgeable and confidential e-mail communication as part of its outsourcing services (Managed Security Services).

On behalf of its customers, the service provider operates and manages a powerful and fail-proof Z1 SecureMail Gateway at its electronic data processing centre located in Stuttgart. The e-mail messages reach the Cellent EDPC via a secure data link. There, they are signed in accordance with the respective customer’s security policy, encrypted or decoded or, as the case may be, the existing signatures are verified. This way, sensitive and valuable data are protected from forgery and unauthorised reading throughout the electronic transfer.

This kind of e-mail protection is particularly beneficial to medium-sized enterprises, as it eliminates the need for hardware investments – they merely pay for the use of the software, while Cellent’s IT experts ensure the smooth technical operation.

E-mails are subjected to a variety of threats; on the Internet, they can be read at any node and while being transmitted. The contents as well as the address of the sender can be forged effortlessly. Furthermore, computer viruses are spread via e-mails from seemingly trustworthy originators. This also applies to -žphishing” (= Password Fishing), where the author of the messages assumes a fake identity.

As countermeasures, Z1 SecureMail Gateway offers automatic encryption and signature for S/MIME and PGP at a central stage. This allows for the security policy to be implemented throughout the process and unburdens the individual employees of having to effect the security measures.

Besides the Managed Security Service (MSS), Cellent AG also supervises this kind of e-mail security in the case of the traditional set-up, i.e. if the Z1 SecureMail Gateway is positioned between the mailserver and the Internet on site and the management of the external certificates is effected via Z1 Backbone of Trust with the customer.

About Zertificon Solutions

Zertificon Solutions develops software for simplification and facilitation of security functions in electronic business processes and communications. The IT security products are designed for users in companies and institutions of all sizes and industries and stand out from the competition due to their comfortable and easy operation. The core product Z1 SecureMail Gateway protects the entire e-mail traffic of an organization by employing central encryption techniques and electronic signatures. The Z1 SecureMail Gateway is the leading European software with the most reference installations. Distribution and technical support is being provided by qualified and dedicated distribution partners. The software solutions Z1 Backbone of Trust, a central system for the management of public certificates, Z1 Mobile SmartCard and Z1 FileProtector, a program for data encryption, are being distributed within the framework of internal projects. Zertificon Solutions´ customers include leading investment and savings banks, insurance companies, numerous suppliers in the automotive and electrical industry, lottery companies, as well as institutions and administrations at community, state and federal level. – http://www.zertificon.com

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