PGP Corporation Announces New Mainframe and Mid-Range Encryption Solutions for IBM Platforms

Posted by tadelste on Feb 13, 2006 7:43 PM EDT
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PGP Command Line for IBM zSeries and IBM iSeries Extends Comprehensive Encryption from Desktops, to Servers, and Now Mainframes

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- PGP Corporation, a global leader in enterprise data security and encryption solutions, today announced PGP(R) Command Line for IBM(R) zSeries(R) and IBM(R) iSeries(TM) to deliver proven PGP encryption to mainframe and mid-range platforms. Part of the unified PGP Universal(TM) Encryption Platform, PGP Command Line takes advantage of its integrated management and security policies, allowing businesses to easily integrate encryption into batch processing, network transfers, and backup processes. Now, organizations can use new PGP Command Line for mainframes to address compliance with government and industry regulations while protecting confidential and personal information from compromise.

Since February 2005, The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse estimates that more than 52 million individuals in the U.S. have had their personal information compromised by lapses in security such as network breaches or lost backup tapes. With PGP Command Line, customers can quickly integrate encryption into existing mainframe applications to help secure customer, partner, employee, and other confidential data.

As businesses consolidate applications on mainframe and mid-range platforms to maximize efficiencies and control costs of distributed systems, centralized platforms become a single source of risk. IBM mainframe and mid- range platforms continue to serve as the hub for mission-critical applications and processes in global enterprises. Enterprises can now use PGP Command Line to address those risks and protect the integrity of their business and brand.

"Today's enterprises recognize the need to protect data that is processed, stored, and transferred by mainframe systems," said Stacey Quandt, research director, security solutions and services, AberdeenGroup. "Encryption solutions designed specifically for mainframe platforms help businesses ensure compliance and protect their brand while safeguarding their confidential data."

"Enterprises entrust their most critical and sensitive applications to mainframe platforms," said Steven Schoenfeld, vice president of products and strategy for PGP Corporation. "With PGP Command Line for mainframes, businesses now have the flexibility to address security needs with PGP encryption throughout their organization-no matter where the data originates or where it is stored."

PGP Command Line builds on the PGP Universal(TM) Encryption Platform that enables customers to utilize the PGP "deploy-once" architecture regardless of the chosen PGP encryption application. This unique architecture allows organizations to immediately take advantage of the shared security policies and ongoing management capabilities inherent in the PGP Universal Encryption Platform and to add additional PGP encryption applications as enterprise needs evolve. PGP Command Line is file format-compatible with PGP(R) Desktop and server products. With PGP Command Line for IBM zSeries and IBM iSeries, enterprises can now deploy a common encryption solution using PGP products -- from the mainframe to servers, desktops, and outside the organization to customers and partners. Support

To provide customers with proven mainframe platform support, PGP Corporation is partnering with Patrick Townsend & Associates, an Olympia, Washington, provider of enterprise systems software development, sales, and services.

"Customers consolidating systems to mid-range and mainframe platforms have often expressed the need for an enterprise encryption application," said CEO Patrick Townsend. "The introduction of PGP Command Line for IBM zSeries and IBM iSeries will allow our customers to quickly add encryption to protect the systems managing and storing their most important and sensitive business data." Availability

Release of PGP Command Line for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on both the IBM zSeries and IBM iSeries platforms is scheduled for the first quarter 2006. Support for IBM z/OS, i5/OS, OS/400, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux will follow. Pricing starts at $7,500 for a single runtime license. About PGP Command Line for Mainframes

PGP Command Line enables IBM iSeries and IBM zSeries administrators to automate the secure storage, transfer, and backup of large volumes of business data to help ensure compliance with corporate mandates and information security regulations using the same PGP technology trusted by millions of users worldwide. Using PGP Command Line, an organization can integrate information security into existing automation scripts and backup systems to ensure confidential information is protected by strong security from server to mainframe, no matter where it resides. PGP Command Line for mainframes allows enterprises to help address risk mitigation and compliance for important mandates such as the EU Data Privacy Directive, HIPAA, SOX, PCI/CISP, CA SB1386, and other federal and state security breach regulations. PGP Command Line also includes patented Additional Decryption Key (ADK) technology that helps customers meet audit and regulatory requirements for long-term data accessibility. About PGP Corporation

The global customer standard for encryption and digital-signature solutions, PGP Corporation develops, markets, and supports an integrated data security suite used by more than 30,000 enterprises, businesses, and governments worldwide, including 84% of the Fortune(R) 100, 66% of the Fortune(R) Global 100, and thousands of individuals and cryptography experts. Customers depend on PGP solutions for regulatory and audit compliance, to protect confidential company information, to secure customer data, and to keep identity information private.

During the past 10 years, PGP(R) technology has earned a global reputation for innovative, standards-based, trusted solutions. The flexible PGP suite allows customers to phase-in gateway, partner, mobile or internal email security; data storage protection for laptops, desktops, and removable media; IM encryption; and FTP/batch transfer security using a single key management and recovery infrastructure. PGP Corporation is the only commercial security vendor to publish source code for peer review. Contact PGP Corporation at or +1 650 319 9000. Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking, including statements regarding the availability, plans, delivery, goals, development, expected features, expected benefits and competitive position of PGP products implementing or leveraging the PGP technologies. All references made to product feature enhancements, improvements in platform support or additional functionality are subject to change at solely PGP Corporation's discretion. All future descriptions of PGP technology and products are subject to availability only if PGP Corporation decides to build them and when PGP Corporation decides to make them commercially available. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that PGP Corporation faces that could cause results to differ materially include risks associated with any unforeseen technical difficulties or software errors related to the final development and launch of any of PGP Corporation's products; any technological or standards changes in the security, encryption and authentications market which could make PGP Corporation's products less competitive or require feature changes in these products; any slowdown in the adoption by businesses of encryption suites, secure email, Internet technologies or related standard. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as of the date hereof, and PGP Corporation does not assume any obligation to update such statements nor the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements. NOTE: PGP and the PGP logo are registered trademarks of PGP Corporation. Product and brand names used in the document may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Any such trademarks or registered trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.

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