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IronPort Systems, a Cisco business unit that develops anti-spam and anti-spyware appliances, has announced the introduction of fully integrated data loss prevention (DLP) and encryption capability for e-mail.

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By  Sathya Mithra Ashok Published  September 30, 2007

IronPort Systems, a Cisco business unit that develops anti-spam and anti-spyware appliances, has announced the introduction of fully integrated data loss prevention (DLP) and encryption capability for e-mail. These built-in features help streamline the prohibitively complex task of protecting sensitive corporate information. The new functionality is included in IronPort's AsyncOS operating system which powers IronPort's e-mail security appliances.

According to the firm, the introduction of this DLP functionality into the IronPort appliances gives corporate IT teams a single, fully integrated solution that combines the traditional e-mail security functions of spam and virus filtering with work-flow based functions of policy creation, content scanning, and message encryption and archiving.

"We play a key role for our customers as they look to stop spam and viruses from entering their network. They also look to us to help them address the emerging DLP requirements they are facing," said Tom Gillis, SVP of marketing at IronPort Systems. "We are happy to deliver a DLP solution that embraces their existing e-mail security appliances while also providing usability, flexibility and management."

IronPort offers encryption capabilities using IronPort's PXE encryption technology directly integrated on the appliance. Incoming and outgoing mail can now be encrypted and decrypted with no additional hardware required to filter, route and deliver messages with security. Based on the policies, outbound messages are detected and automatically encrypted on the appliance.

The nature of IronPort's e-mail encryption solution ensures that users can send and receive encrypted messages without any IT intervention. Recipients of secure messages do not need to install any proprietary software in order to decrypt and open secure messages, regardless of which mail client they use. There is also no need to pre-exchange encryption keys before sending any messages.

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