Symantec to release encryption viewer for iOS

Alexandra Chang
23 July, 2011
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More employees are using their iOS devices in the workplace. That’s good from an employee morale standpoint, but not so good when it comes to the possibility of security breaches. Symantec says it will tackle the problem later this year by extending its encryption offerings to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

This week, the company announced Symantec PGP Viewer for iOS, a mobile offering that will make it possible for users to encrypt messages through the standard built-in Mail application on their devices. Symantec PGP Viewer users will also be able to view encrypted emails and attachments within Mail.

There’s no formal release date—Symatec says its PGP Viewer will be available through the App Store later this year. Organisations will also need to have Symantec’s PGP Universal Server in place in order for employees to use the app.

Along with the iOS offering, Symantec also announced a new version of its Endpoint Encryption Full Disk Edition, which includes management capabilities for Opal-compliant, self-encrypting hard drives. The company also plans to integrate Symantec PGP Universal Server with Symantec Protection Center 2.0.

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