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Protectoria: Another Take on Secure E-Mail

Snapshot 2008-04-22 10-23-25Norway-based Protectoria is the latest company to offer a solution for making email more secure. Like most schemes that don’t depend on encryption, Protectoria’s takes email out of the regular email server flow entirely. Instead, you upload your message (via secure connection) to Protectoria’s servers, and they mail out a link to the recipient. The recipient then visits the link and gets a PIN code sent to their mobile phone – the code being required to open and download the message.

Protectoria offers both standalone (web mail) and integrated (Outlook/Exchange) versions. Pricing is per recipient either way, and quoted in Norwegian Kroner at rates that start just under $2 per message.

3 Responses to “Protectoria: Another Take on Secure E-Mail”

  1. Be warned, I am affiliated with Protectoria :-). You don’t “upload” anything to a server here. Protectoria gives you a Send Protected button in your e-mail client (currently supporting Outlook/Exchange) or a web-interface for sending protected messages.

    Travis, I see your point on discovery in litigation cases. Certainly when using your e-mail client with the service, items you send would be discovered by your enterprise content management system as they are stores where you normally store your sent items. Items received may be downloaded to your inbox for discovery.

    Travis and Marcin, if you would like to try it for yourself, I’d be happy to give you the opportunity. Please e-mail me at the address thorbjorn dot sundboe at protectoria dot com.

  2. Travis Retzlaff

    There have been commercial products companies have deployed inside their own networks that use this methodology for years. Though this is the first time I’ve seen the functionality delivered as a service.

    It does address the pain point of key management inherent to utilizing S/MIME, which is good.

    The thing I don’t entirely like about this type of solution is it becomes another silo for information complicating discovery in litigation cases. Additionally if the email is sensitive in nature to begin with, who will trust a SaaS model for this feature?

    Finally, at this point is it really email anymore? This is actually a good thing to some extent, as the purpose of tools like this is really communication/collaboration, which currently relies far too much on email.