Whitehall goes for PGP e-mail

The Government is to implement encryption technology to enable secure e-mail communication between its departments, a move that...

The Government is to implement encryption technology to enable secure e-mail communication between its departments, a move that could save taxpayer's money and increase efficiency.

PGP Security last week said it was to supply government departments with a 128-bit version of its PGP for HMG encryption product.

It said the product would provide encryption technology at the approved baseline/ restricted level which would enable government bodies and commercial partners to communicate securely.

"Any government information that is sensitive is not sent electronically, instead it is saved on a disc and physically taken to the other department - at the taxpayer's expense," said Mark Tucker, sales manager for PGP. The company said version 6.0 of PGP for HMG will be fully inter-operable with its commercial counterpart.

"The sheer volume of restricted information that governments need to transfer electronically means they need a solution they can trust," said John Doody, head of customer services at the government's National Technical Information Security Authority.

Daniel Thomas
daniel.thomas@rbi.co.uk

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