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UK law firm protects E-mail with PGP Universal Gateway

PGP (GB) : 30 October, 2009  (Application Story)
Sensitive communications between clients and Browne Jacobson law firm are protected with the PGP Universal Gateway Email
PGP has announced that Browne Jacobson, one of the largest law firms in the UK, has selected PGP Universal Gateway Email to secure its electronic communications. Using the PGP solution, Browne Jacobson is able to encrypt sensitive information in emails to clients, including University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) and the Criminal Justice System Mail (CJSM), ensuring secure communication and helping to ensure compliance with various regulations.

Established in 1832, Browne Jacobson is one of the largest legal practices in the UK with offices in Birmingham, London and Nottingham. Having quadrupled in size in the last ten years, the firm now has 251 lawyers and an impressive client portfolio, including blue chip organisations, NHS trusts, local authorities and public sector organisations.

The increasing number of data breaches in the UK - 70% of UK organisations suffered at least one data breach in the last year - alongside the changing security requirements of one of its clients, UHL, which established a policy requiring the secure transmission of information to third parties, prompted Browne Jacobson to review its existing security strategy.

After conducting a full market evaluation, Browne Jacobson selected PGP Corporation as the vendor of choice. As Peter Birley, director of IT at Browne Jacobson, said, "Browne Jacobson places utmost importance in the security of its clients' data. Whilst we have always invested heavily in our IT infrastructure, we recognised that in the current market we needed even greater security for our messaging systems. Given its experience in this sector, the decision to work with PGP Corporation was a natural one."

In order to ensure the seamless integration of the PGP technology, Browne Jacobson worked closely with Intellect Security, a dedicated and specialist provider of PGP solutions in the United Kingdom and a PGP partner for over a decade. Intellect Security managed the entire process right from the planning and design process to the actual implementation of the PGP Universal Gateway Email solution.

Furthermore, Intellect also worked closely with UHL's PGP reseller and CJSM's IT department to ensure compatibility with the two systems. By implementing PGP Universal Gateway Email, Browne Jacobson has facilitated secure email communications with clients using gateway-to-gateway encryption. The additional use of PGP Universal Web Messenger, enables clientless email encryption for secure email communications with large groups of customers and partners as well as experts and witnesses in specific cases. By safeguarding data down to the individual recipient, PGP Universal Web Messenger protects sensitive data from unauthorised access in transit, over the public servers and at the endpoint.

The PGP solution also supports Browne Jacobson's commitment to comply with the voluntary ISO 27001 standard code of practice for information security management.

"The PGP solution exceeded all our email security requirements with the benefits being felt throughout our organisation," continued Birley. "With the potential to extend the solution across other applications, we really see our work with PGP Corporation as an investment not just in our communications strategy, but also in our overall IT security infrastructure."

"Data protection is a serious concern for all organisations, but one which is often overlooked. It is therefore great to work with a company like Browne Jacobson which is looking ahead to defend its clients' communications," said Phillip Dunkelberger, president and CEO at PGP Corporation. "Browne Jacobson's proactive approach is responsible, considered and a great example to other companies evaluating their current enterprise data protection strategies."
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