Managed security services provider Secure Designs announced a partnership with e-mail encryption provider Zix Corporation to offer hosted e-mail encryption services to its small and midsize business customers. Each ZixCorp customer is enrolled in the ZixDirectory, the company's global repository with more than 20 million members.
"Our offering delivers automatic e-mail encryption that's transparent to the sender and, in most cases, the receiver as well," said Steven Irons, vice president of channel sales for ZixCorp. "Our e-mail encryption service, combined with SDI's managed services, will ensure that even the smallest organizations are able to comply with regulations without placing an unnecessary cost or administrative burden on them."
SDI specializes in providing enterprise class managed security services to SMB organizations including education, retail, professional and financial services and manages thousands of firewalls worldwide. Irons said by enhancing their outsourced net perimeter defense plan, secure remote access and e-mail security offerings with e-mail encryption, SDI simply and affordably adds a new module of protection for existing and potential professional services, healthcare, and financial services customers.
"ZixCorp offers the best e-mail encryption in the market today both for large enterprises and for single-person offices," said Larry Cecchini, chief operating officer at Secure Designs. "SDI has worked with them over several years to develop and target an affordable, easily-deployed managed services offering that is a great strategic fit for our SMB customer base. Customers trying to deploy e-mail encryption on their own would incur significant startup costs. Using SDI, they are able to participate for an affordable monthly fee. It's the next logical evolution in the growth of our value added services."
ZixCopr also announced the next generation of the company's E-mail Encryption Service. Highlights of the solution include updated versions ZixGateway 4.0 (formerly ZixVPM) and ZixPort 3.7. ZixGateway 4.0 is the latest generation of the company's directory-driven (ZixDirectoryTM), policy-based e-mail encryption service. ZixGateway 4.0 continues to allow ZixCorp customers to send and receive secure e-mail automatically and transparently while delivering new capabilities including support for virtualization, multiple languages and DKIM. ZixGateway is a policy-based e-mail encryption appliance for enterprise-wide regulatory compliance. It provides company-wide security, content filtering and management of outbound corporate e-mail.
ZixPort 3.7 is a portal-based secure messaging service that provides companies with a way to encrypt e-mail communications with their customers and business partners. As a component of ZixCorp's E-mail Encryption Service, ZixPort is a secure messaging portal that allows users who don't have e-mail encryption capabilities to securely send and receive messages. ZixCorp delivers ZixPort as a hosted service, branded for each customer, and notable features include language localization, increased large file support capacity and support for the iPhone.