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    Date17 May 2001
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Despite this preponderance of information, advice and technology solutions, only a fraction of corporate and consumer 'Netizens actually use some type of e-mail security. Problems with protocol and product interoperability, scalability and usability have left many users wondering if protecting their . . . Despite this preponderance of information, advice and technology solutions, only a fraction of corporate and consumer 'Netizens actually use some type of e-mail security. Problems with protocol and product interoperability, scalability and usability have left many users wondering if protecting their e-mail is really worth the headache. That's the bad news.

    The good news is that, in the last 10 years, an increasing variety of e-mail technologies has emerged, making secure, portable and user-friendly electronic mail a practical reality for today's extended enterprise.

    While e-mail security solutions have been available for many years, the non-technical Internet community has been very slow to adopt them. It's not security or availability that's holding things back. And it's not the technology. What's holding e-mail security back is the lack of usability and ubiquity, and its adverse impact on a deeply entrenched installed base.

    Generally speaking, secure e-mail is easier today than even a year ago--and more convenient, too. The choices are much broader today than ever. At the consumer level, there's really little reason to put off using secure e-mail as a convenient substitute for certified, registered or courier-delivered snail mail. At the enterprise level, there may not be a single solution that satisfies everyone's needs, but there's certainly a combination of technology solutions that gets organizations closer to secure e-mail than they are today.

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