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MILWAUKEE - In celebration of the 20th anniversary of PKWARE, the company is making SecureZIP® Standard Version 11, its widely used desktop data security software, available at no charge. For a limited time, individual users can visit and receive a free download of the upgraded release of the software, empowering them to protect information stored on hard-drives, laptops, portable devices and sent through email against theft and unauthorized access. Built on the .ZIP standard originally developed and patented by PKWARE, SecureZIP’s easy-to-use interface provides the familiarity of a ZIP solution to help ease the process of integrating security into everyday computing tasks.

Recent security breaches that exposed personal information have shined a spotlight on the risks involved with sending confidential information out into cyberspace. Enterprises have rapidly adopted technologies to protect their networks -- and their brand reputation -- from fraudulent access and misuse of personally identifiable information. However, despite efforts by public officials to enact legislation such as the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act, to both deter criminals and promote the data security crisis, there remains a large gap in protections available to individual internet users.

Building on fundamental attributes of ZIP, such as simplicity and platform interoperability, SecureZIP Standard will allow people to secure personally, financially or medically sensitive files saved on their desktop. Additionally, with its seamless integration with email applications, such as Microsoft Outlook, SecureZIP users have a persistently secure email system that ensures that both the email message body and attachments are encrypted and digitally signed.

“With the network perimeter virtually non-existent, and the line between professional and personal use of corporate devices increasingly blurred, the market is ripe for solutions that make it easy for users to integrate data security best practices into their daily lives,” said Charles Kolodgy, research director, security products at IDC. “The security industry has long struggled to find the balance between usability and security. Any tool that leverages a process, such as zipping, that users are already familiar with, to secure sensitive information, is a great step in the right direction.”

SecureZIP is a simplified data security tool, which enables individual users to secure communication with everyone on their email list, from their boss and family, to their attorney, realtor or tax advisor, all in one step. Ideal for self-employed or independent contractors, a quick download of SecureZIP Standard Version 11 provides individuals with an intuitive enterprise-class data security and encryption solution. Additionally, for organizations of all sizes seeking solutions for the enterprise, PKWARE offers SecureZIP Enterprise Version 11, a scalable and robust offering that introduces the added benefit of the following administrative features:

Flexible Security that Leverages Existing Investments - SecureZIP is a neutral-format solution that complements existing security infrastructures, enabling administrators to deploy with minimal modification to current processes. SecureZIP uniquely supports passphrase and digital certificate-based encryption and authentication simultaneously to allow users to leverage current security technologies within the desktop environment.
Centrally Enforce Corporate Security Policies - Policy management capabilities available with SecureZIP Enterprise allow IT administrators to centrally configure data security policies for desktop users. Organizations can control who has the ability to secure information, what type of security they use and enforce those policies across their enterprise. The SecureZIP Enterprise policy manager is controlled using a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in, providing a familiar interface for administrators to adopt quickly and easily.
“We conducted a survey at the RSA Conference in February that showed that while 86 percent of more than 100 respondents were very concerned or extremely concerned about their confidential personal information falling into the wrong hands, almost one-third admitted they don’t use any tools to ensure that the files they send and store are protected,” said Tim Kennedy, chief operating officer with PKWARE. “Given that the respondents were IT professionals with some of the most security-conscious organizations in the world, this demonstrates that this is not just a user education issue, rather a testament to the need for a simplified solution that is extremely affordable for individuals and organizations alike. Twenty years ago, PKZIP quickly became the standard for compression and file transfer. With our proven .ZIP technology at its core, SecureZIP Version 11 is a feature-rich version that is free to users and can fulfill today’s market need for a standard data security tool.”


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