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PCWorld.com: What Does the Future Hold for PGP?

Jul 24, 2002, 11:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Radcliff)

"German businesses are big users of PGP, according to Werner Koch, lead developer of GNU Privacy Guard in Dusseldorf, Germany. Many of those PGP installations in Germany are being replaced with GNUPG, for which Koch's small business will make its money from support fees. The code and concept of GNUPG are closely related to those of PGP.

"'In the past year, a lot of companies have installed PGP for their e-mail encryption because of demands from their suppliers to encrypt business-to-business communications,' Koch says. 'Now those companies have real problems, because there are no more patches and updates for the product. So some of these companies are removing their PGP software and asking if we can support GNUPG for them.'

"GNUPG is the first new form of PGP to step into the void left by Network Associates. GNUPG is working on a less complex interface for the application, and installing the program is no more difficult than downloading any software, says Gary Kessler, a cryptography instructor at the SANS Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and assistant professor of computer networking at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, which houses a PGP key server..."

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