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May 2011

Smartphone encryption, authentication ease mobile management

Kenneth Johnston, CIO and vice president of information systems at Guaranty Bank, is not alone in his struggles to keep pace with workers on the move. Extending the bank’s existing email encryption capabilities to mobile devices resulted in a painful and time-consuming process for employees.  “Our mobile workers and clients would try to get around the authentication process and fail,” Johnston says. “Instead of adding protection, encrypted email actually added to our data leakage fears.” Johnston turned to Proofpoint Mobile Encryption to help extend email encryption for bank employees and his bank’s commercial clients. Proofpoint provides a mobile application or Web-based access to its email encryption services. Springfield, Missouri-based Guaranty Bank has a virtual deployment of Proofpoint’s Enterprise suite to guard against unauthorized access via inbound and outbound email. Johnston says the mobile application is a natural extension of the enterprise suite, giving users a familiar experience. Now workers and clients can ...

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