Menu
Microsoft bulks up security; brings encrypted email to Office 365 Enterprise bundles

Microsoft bulks up security; brings encrypted email to Office 365 Enterprise bundles

Enterprises sending email via Office 365 will be able to encrypt those messages starting next year at no extra charge, making it possible to send secure mail to people who are off the corporate email system.

Office 365 Message Encryption is a service to be bundled in with certain Office 365 plans during the first quarter of next year that gives administrators control over what messages are encrypted and makes it possible for any recipient regardless of their email service to decrypt the messages.

[MOBILE:Admins can keep an eye on Office 365 via Windows Phone 8 app 

DEBATE:Google Apps vs Microsoft Office 365 

STATS:Microsoft discloses Office 365 uptime data]

It is an upgraded and renamed version of Microsoft's Exchange Hosted Encryption that will be rolled into the Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 packages at no premium to customers, according to a Microsoft blog on the announcement.

One hitch is that recipients must either have an Office 365 organizational account or have a Microsoft Account in order to log in to get the messages decrypted. It's easy enough and free to open a Microsoft account, but it is still a hurdle for anyone who receives one of these messages.

Once authenticated, recipients can read the unencrypted message, reply to it, forward it, etc. The encryption and decryption both take place in backend Exchange data centers.

Administrators get a dashboard to set rules about what email should be encrypted, with options such as invoking encryption if the subject line contains the word "sendsecure", for example.

Tim Greene covers Microsoft and unified communications for Network World and writes the Mostly Microsoft blog. Reach him at tgreene@nww.com and follow him on Twitter@Tim_Greene.

Read more about lans and routers in Network World's LANs & Routers section.

Subscribe here for up-to-date channel news

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags unified communicationsLANs & RoutersGoogleE-mail servicesMicrosoftNetworkingsoftware

Featured

Slideshows

StorageCraft celebrates high achievers at its inaugural A/NZ Partner Awards

StorageCraft celebrates high achievers at its inaugural A/NZ Partner Awards

Revealed at a glitzy bash in Sydney at the Ivy Penthouse, the first StorageCraft Partner Awards locally saw the vendor honour its top-performing partners with ASI Solutions, SMBiT Pro, Webroot, ACA Pacific and Soft Solutions New Zealand taking home the top awards. Photos by Maria Stefina.

StorageCraft celebrates high achievers at its inaugural A/NZ Partner Awards
Kiwi resellers make a splash on Synnex and Lenovo RotoVegas road trip

Kiwi resellers make a splash on Synnex and Lenovo RotoVegas road trip

​Synnex and Lenovo hosted 18 resellers for an action-packed weekend adventure in RotoVegas, taking in white water rafting on the Kaituna River, as well as quad biking and dinner at Stratosfare​, overlooking Lake Rotorua at the top of Mount Ngongotaha​. Photos by Synnex.

Kiwi resellers make a splash on Synnex and Lenovo RotoVegas road trip
Show Comments