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Foster Swift Reinforces Commitment to Client Privacy and Compliance with Zix Email Encryption

Proactive security strategy showcases leadership in the legal industry

LANSING, Mich. & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2015-- Zix Corporation (ZixCorp), (Nasdaq: ZIXI), a leader in email data protection, announced that Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC (Foster Swift) has implemented Zix® Email Encryption to secure email with sensitive data. With clients in heavily regulated industries, such as financial services, insurance and healthcare, Foster Swift recognized Zix Email Encryption would best protect sensitive data and assist clients with compliance in email.

“We take data protection seriously, and our goal is to stay ahead of our clients’ security needs. With more awareness on the risk of email and a broader application of regulations such as HIPAA to business associates, email encryption was a valuable addition to our data protection strategy,” said John Bonandrini, Director of Information Technology. “Secure communication without disrupting our services or frustrating our clients was critical to our selection. Zix’s ease of use, along with its strong reputation in finance, insurance and healthcare, reassured us that its email encryption was the best choice.”

Zix Email Encryption is used by all U.S. federal financial regulators, one in four U.S. banks, one in five U.S. hospitals and more than 30 Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations. The number of law firms that use Zix Email Encryption has steadily increased over the last five years, and for 2015 year to date, 278 percent more law firms started using Zix Email Encryption than in full year 2014.

The number of law firms using Zix can continue to grow, as the most common email precaution used in the legal industry is a confidentiality disclaimer within emails. The American Bar Association (ABA) states in Model Rule 1.6 that when transmitting information related to the representation of a client, “the lawyer must take reasonable precautions to prevent the information from coming into the hands of unintended recipients.” Email encryption is in line with the ABA’s guidance by making sensitive data indecipherable to unintended recipients. The confidentiality disclaimer commonly used in the legal industry does not prevent use of the data if intercepted and therefore may not fulfill lawyers’ ethical or legal obligations.

“We’ve earned the trust of our clients, and to keep that trust, we remain committed to meeting and exceeding industry standards. The implementation of email encryption is an example of our leadership among our peers and an extra measure that our clients can rely on to protect their best interests,” said Bonandrini.

“As partners to business and families, lawyers are privy to a near-endless amount of sensitive data. With so much confidential information, law firms can be an easy target, and just like securing office doors, file cabinets and computer networks, they should protect sensitive emails exchanged with clients and on their behalf,” said Rick Spurr, ZixCorp’s Chief Executive Officer. “We appreciate Foster Swift for recognizing the need for email encryption and trusting Zix to protect both sensitive data and their valuable relationships with clients.”

About Foster Swift Collins & Smith

Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC is a full service law firm founded in 1902. The firm employs 90-plus attorneys and over 100 support staff in five locations; Lansing, Detroit, Farmington Hills, Grand Rapids and Holland. For more information about the firm, its attorneys and to access recent publications, visit www.fosterswift.com.

About ZixCorp

ZixCorp is a leader in email data protection. ZixCorp offers industry-leading email encryption, a unique email DLP solution and an innovative email BYOD solution to meet your company’s data protection and compliance needs. ZixCorp is trusted by the nation’s most influential institutions in healthcare, finance and government for easy-to-use secure email solutions. ZixCorp is publicly traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol ZIXI, and its headquarters are in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.zixcorp.com.

Source: Zix Corporation

Zix Corporation
Taylor Stansbury Johnson, 214-370-2134
tjohnson@zixcorp.com