Sun Microsystems Inc. and its partners Echoworx and Lucent Technologies Inc. today announced the launch of Sun Secure Mail, a fully hosted managed service for ISPs, cableco and other service providers to private label and offer to their subscribers.
Sun Secure Mail gives individuals the ability to encrypt their e-mail at their desktop without changing their e-mail application. Sun Secure Mail is managed by Sun and Lucent and uses Echoworx e-mail encryption software technology. Lucent will host the service at its Global Network Operations Centers worldwide.
“Internet messaging is no longer a ‘nice-to-have’; it is a business-critical communication tool. As with any Internet-based communication comes vulnerability: these messages are vulnerable to being intercepted, triggering the crucial need for e-mail privacy protection,” says Andy Sheldon, executive director, partner and industry marketing, Sun Microsystems. “We are essentially delivering IT as a service. Rather than worry about the infrastructure needed to set this up themselves, the ISP or e-mail provider can offer it quickly to customers as a hosted service.”
When subscribers activate the Sun Secure Mail service from their service providers, a small plug-in automatically is downloaded into their e-mail applications. With the click of a button, subscribers then can send encrypted messages from their existing e-mail or Web mail applications. Messages are signed and encrypted digitally using a trusted authority before they leave the sender’s e-mail application, and can be opened only by the intended recipient using their private key. The recipient need not be a subscriber to the service nor download any software.
Service providers are not required to install any infrastructure to deploy Sun Secure Mail. Sun seamlessly manages the provisioning and maintenance of digital identities, credentials searching and the delivery of messages to users who may not be subscribers of the Sun Secure Mail service.
“ISPs offering Sun Secure Mail will not only increase revenues, but also capture new customers by enabling anyone with an e-mail account to sign up for the service, says Michael Ginsberg, CEO of Echoworx.