Verizon Offers Expanded Suite of Encryption Services
Verizon expands its encryption services for cost-conscious businesses to include Encrypted Docs, which enables the user to encrypt files and folders and determine who can access them.Wireless and wireline communications company Verizon Communications announced an expanded suite of encryption services aimed at providing small and midsize businesses with affordable protection for their data across multiple devices, including e-mail and documents. Verizon said the newly added data encryption services would help prevent privacy leaks, unauthorized access and help keep documents private in case of theft or loss.
The new service, Encrypted Docs, enables the user to encrypt files and folders and determine who can access, read and write to the file or folder, enforcing privacy policies. Encrypted Mail service, which has been available since December 2005, verifies and authenticates that the message has not been altered, allows it to be opened only by the intended recipient, and allows users to lock e-mail that they receive so others cannot view it.
Verizon lists the Data Protection Primium package as its most robust. Starting at $9.99 per month, it includes Encrypted Mail and Encrypted Docs together with the Verizon Internet Security Suite for Internet protection of up to three PCs, plus online backup and sharing. This offer combines data encryption services with anti-virus, firewall, anti-spyware, fraud protection and content management, plus online storage. "An organization needs to address its IT security at every layer," Grosso said. "While cost cutting is what all companies - particularly, the smaller ones - strive for these days, it's important to not cut privacy solutions. That's a surefire way to kill a business."