PGP Corp., a company that specializes in secure messaging and data storage, has received US$14 million in venture funding and has acquired PGP Desktop and Wireless encryption product lines from Network Associates. The new company will immediately license and support current versions of PGP products, many of which are Mac compatible.
PGP also announced that PGP Corporate Desktop 8.0 — a product for keeping business data secure while it’s in transit over a network or stored on desktop or laptop — will ship in November with full Mac OS X support. And its PGP Mail component, which encrypts electronic mail and instant messages, will integrate with Apple’s Mail application and provide support for Microsoft’s Entourage.
PGP Corporate Desktop also includes PGP Disk, which encrypts disks, and PGP Admin, which allows IT management to preconfigure PGP Mail and PGP Disk to conform to corporate policies. PGP Corp. plans to ship PGP Net for Mac OS X in 2003 and include PGP VPN and PGP Firewall, tools designed to provide network security for your Mac.
PGP Corporate Desktop for Mac OS X features a completely new user interface based on Apple’s Cocoa development environment. Users who require Mac OS 9 support should purchase PGP Corporate Desktop 7.1 for Mac.
PGP Corporate Desktop 8.0 offers PGP Disk interoperability with PGP Disks created by PGP Disk 7.x for Mac OS, as well as with PGP Disks created with PGP Disk for Windows 7.0 and later. It also offers AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) support in PGP Disk, expanded Unicode support, and PGP encryption and digital signature features that are accessible as a Mac OS X service from Cocoa applications and Carbon applications that support services. PGP features are also accessible from the PGP application’s Dock menu.