Back in March, we were quick to applaud Google’s initiative to improve the secure email experience for Gmail users by forcing encryption through HTTPS connections.
Yet many organizations need stronger and more comprehensive message encryption protection, particularly those that depend on Google Apps to meet compliance requirements for regulations like HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley and PCI-DSS.
We have important news for compliance officers and security managers at those agencies and companies.
ZixCorp and Google are launching Google Apps Message Encryption (GAME) – end-to-end email encryption, powered by ZixCorp – available to the more than 5 million organizations and 50+ million users on Google Apps who require the highest level of message protection.
Currently, Google supports secure email within its infrastructure and between its customers. However, emails sent to users on other email systems such as Yahoo and Microsoft Exchange are vulnerable as they travel across the public Internet. That means that if Susie uses her company’s Gmail to send a document with thousands of Social Security Numbers to a business partner using Microsoft Office 365, the email is totally unsecure in-route and can be intercepted.
GAME allows encryption of email to every possible recipient, giving Google Apps customers the confidence that they are protecting the sensitive information of their customers and partners.
In the midst of growing awareness regarding data threats and NSA revelations, it’s more important than ever that companies have a reliable solution for the secure exchange of valuable customer and corporate data.
GAME provides “industrial-strength” email encryption that guarantees their sensitive information is safe from prying eyes and helps businesses like doctor’s offices and law firms comply with regulations like HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley and PCI-DSS.
Google’s First Step in Taking End-to-End Email Encryption Mainstream
Currently, typical encryption alternatives like PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) are complicated and difficult for non-technical people to use.
Unlike PGP, Encryption keys are managed automatically, which can be a major hassle for the users. In addition, GAME provides a convenient user experience for recipients inside or outside the Google network.
Stay safe out there, and if you have any questions give us a shout in the comments section below or via Twitter (@ZixCorp).