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The Email Encryption Placebo Effect – A Bitter Pill

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 11:10 by Neil Farquharson
Truth is often stranger than fiction and I love reading about bizarre true facts. For example, did you know that the unicorn is the national animal of Scotland? Or that Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia, or that Alaska is simultaneously the most northerly, westerly and easterly state in the USA? Over the holiday, I read about a study that found that branded placebo pills are more effective than, and have fewer negative side effects than, generic placebos. That is, if you give all the patients placebos, the ones who receive placebos labeled Tylenol, Advil or similar will not only feel...
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Questions CIOs Should Ask Before Adopting Email Encryption

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:35 by ZixCorp
For companies and CIOs, making the decision to implement encryption is just the first step in the process towards email security. With so many solutions and providers out there, it can be a daunting task to find the right one. Don’t worry — Zix has your back. Below are five questions CIOs should ask before they choose an email encryption solution: Does the solution include a hosted, shared email encryption network?   Why not encrypt every email? The simple answer is that it’s really hard, and most solutions simply don’t accommodate the way people work today. Passwords? Portals? No one...
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Customer Spotlight — ZixCorp Makes the Team, Protects Patient Privacy

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:18 by ZixCorp
Just like a quarterback needs protection from his offensive line, personal health information (PHI) needs elite protection to be kept safe from unwanted eyes. The healthcare industry is a repository for sensitive information, and when some of that information belongs to the Chicago Bears, the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions Chicago Blackhawks, the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, you want to make sure that compliance and protection go hand-in-hand with patient care. Athletico, the preferred physical therapy team for Chicago’s pro athletes as well as 200 other affiliations, brings with it a...
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Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:53 by Neil Farquharson
A few days ago, the Future of Life Institute (FLI) published an open letter here , signed by a large number of eminent professors and industry leaders. The impetus for the letter can be traced back to early December when Professor Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist from Cambridge University, warned of the dangers of letting artificial intelligence (AI) develop itself. That is, putting AI in charge of designing and building newer AI. Image via Warner Brothers Up until now the idea of AI has largely been confined to science fiction: Isaac Asimov’s I,Robot series, recently made...
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An Inside Look into the ZixResearch Center

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 16:08 by ZixCorp
Recently, we sat down with experts from the ZixResearch Center to get insight into how ZixCorp’s industry-leading filtering policies determine which emails must be encrypted, or in the case of ZixDLP, which emails are quarantined. These policies provide a vital service to customers by identifying and protecting sensitive information in emails and attachments. Enjoy the Q&A below and feel free to leave comments if you have additional questions. - Could you tell us the role of the ZixResearch Center within the company? We have four people here to create and update specialized policy filters...
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2013 in Review and Happy Holidays from Zix!

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 19:19 by RickSpurr
For more than a decade, Zix has been the leader in email encryption. We developed that reputation and earned customer trust by delivering easy-to-use, innovative solutions that meet our customer's changing needs. In 2013, we expanded our portfolio to continue to meet those changing needs, becoming a leader in the broader category of email data protection with new approaches to Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) security and Data Loss Prevention (DLP). BYOD, or the use of personal mobile devices for work, has challenged IT to find a solution that balances work enablement, corporate data protection...
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Trend Watch: Email Encryption Needs within Local Government

Wed, 11/16/2011 - 18:46 by ZixCorp
In tough economic times, counties and cities face the increasing challenge of providing more services to more people under tightening budgets. In managing an abundance of public works, local governments are collecting and transmitting sensitive personal information. To ensure citizen privacy and security, yet maintain open lines of communication, counties and cities are turning to email encryption. Email Encryption enables local governments to securely transmit personal, health and financial information. In doing so, they maintain public trust and stand as a responsible community leader and...
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Survey Series, Part 1: Why organizations view email as a main source of data leaks

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:39 by Geoff Bibby
The 2011 “State of Email Encryption” study offered some startling results, beginning with the revelation that 59 percent of respondents strongly agree or agree that the use of email by employees is one of the main sources of data leakage in their organizations. Surprised by that number? We’re not. While IT, IT security and compliance practitioners may understand the risks of sending sensitive data in email, most employees perceive email as safe and easy. Easy it is; safe it isn’t. We confirmed this perception by analyzing user behavior. Respondents believe employee behavior continues to place...
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Why not encrypt everything? The Value of Policy Configuration

Mon, 09/19/2011 - 15:48 by Dave Robertson
Push and pull delivery methodologies have evolved and improved over many years, and “ease of reading” has become better. At the end of the day though, reading encrypted messages requires more clicks and/or keystrokes than transparent encrypted messages, which require no passwords or extra steps. When the recipient opens such a message and sees his Social Security Number inside, that user will likely feel the effort was justified in the interest of personal information protection. If extra clicks and keystrokes lead to an email without sensitive content, especially if that happens repeatedly,...
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