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PGP's Universal Server Provides Unobtrusive Encryption

Dec 31, 2008, 13:47 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

"PGP’s Universal Gateway Email is the company’s gateway encryption (and decryption) application. To build a transparent secure e-mail system an organization runs a virtual appliance made up of PGP Universal Server and Universal Gateway Email. This can run on a hardened version of Linux on one of several specific server hardware configurations from vendors including Dell, HP and IBM, or it can take the form of a virtual machine running on VMware ESX.

"The appliance is connected between the corporate mail server and the corporate firewall, and when it receives outgoing e-mail messages from the mail server it kicks in to action. The first things the encryption application has to do is decide which messages to encrypt and find the public keys belonging to the recipients of those messages that need to be encrypted. This information is provided by the PGP Universal Server. Its role is to manage and apply rules and policies for encryption, based on factors including the destination, the sender, or even the contents of the message. Account creation, group management and policy enforcement can be automated by integrating Active Directory, Lotus Notes/Domino directories or other LDAP directories with the Universal Server."

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