PGP email security extended to BlackBerry users

Source: PGP

Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) and PGP Corporation are working together to allow BlackBerry users to send and receive PGP-secured email.

The new PGP Support Package developed for BlackBerry is expected to be available later this year.

This solution enables enterprises to extend PGP email security to individuals who use both laptop/desktop computers and BlackBerry wireless devices. It provides customers with sender-to-recipient email security, and thereby complements the industry-leading wireless transmission security and device protection security inherent in the BlackBerry architecture. Licenses will be available exclusively from PGP Corporation and its authorized resellers.

"BlackBerry has continuously led the industry in wireless security and we are pleased to be the first to offer PGP Universal support on wireless devices," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, at Research In Motion. "We believe this news will be welcomed by many enterprise customers that have chosen and deployed PGP technology."

"BlackBerry is the overwhelming leader for enterprise mobile messaging. By providing an integrated PGP Universal and BlackBerry solution, we address a strategic requirement of our joint customers," said Phillip Dunkelberger, chief executive officer and president of PGP Corporation. "RIM and PGP Corporation have worked closely to integrate our products and provide a seamless end-user experience."

Product Capabilities

The PGP Support Package for BlackBerry is designed to work in conjunction with the PGP Universal solution. PGP support is fully integrated in the BlackBerry user interface and provides email encryption, decryption, digital signature, and verification services for email sent from and received on BlackBerry devices.

Users simply authenticate themselves with their private key passphrase before decrypting or signing email on their BlackBerry device. Outgoing messages are automatically protected according to the centralized policy specified by the PGP Universal administrator. PGP Universal utilizes patented PGP Additional Decryption Key (ADK) capabilities, automated key management and recovery, and automated enrollment and centralized policy management.

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