Securing Your Enterprise Email with Digital IDs

    Date08 Feb 2002
    CategoryCryptography
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Do people in your company send confidential information to business partners or remote employees via Internet email? Are they using some form of digital ID system to secure their communications? If they're not, any sensitive information contained in those messages is at risk as the email travels across the Internet.. . . Do people in your company send confidential information to business partners or remote employees via Internet email? Are they using some form of digital ID system to secure their communications? If they're not, any sensitive information contained in those messages is at risk as the email travels across the Internet. The reason being that any hacker with the right tools and enough determination can intercept those messages. Once intercepted, the sensitive information could be easily read and then be used for any number malevolent purposes. For example, the message could be altered and then passed on to the recipient, used for blackmail, or even passed on to competitors. The ultimate casualty of such an attack could be your company's reputation.

    If the idea of confidential information falling into the wrong hands scares the living daylights out of you, you'll definitely want to consider integrating some form of digital ID system into your enterprise email system.

    A digital ID, which is also known as a digital certificate, is made up of two main components a digital signature and an encryption scheme. The digital signature is designed to verify that the message is really from the sender and that the message hasn't been altered while it traveled across the Internet. The encryption scheme is designed to scramble the message so as to make it unreadable with out the proper decryption tool.

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