Businesses Set to Benefit as BT Safeguards Privacy of Online Communication



    TORONTO, Nov. 8 /CNW/ -- BT today opened up the benefits of cost-
effective online communications for businesses by launching two new encryption
solutions that guarantee privacy to the strictest regulatory standards.
    BT's new Secure Mail and Encrypted Message Exchange (BT EMX) services
will run on LogicaCMG's globally managed and dedicated ASP (application
services provider) platform, allowing businesses to communicate directly with
customers, employees and partners via secure email or internet portals. The
technology, based on public key infrastructure (PKI), is designed to run on
existing infrastructures. Businesses, previously hampered by privacy concerns
enshrined in regulatory programmes like the EU Data Protection Directive, can
now slash costs and build new revenue-generating services by turning to secure
and convenient online communications.
    "Every business knows that online communication is fast, convenient and
cost-effective," says Ray Stanton, the global head of BT's business
continuity, security and governance practice. "But heavily regulated
management teams, in industries like financial services, government and
healthcare, have simply refused to risk exposing private details without
watertight safeguards. Today we can finally offer businesses all the benefits
without the unwanted risks."
    Business users can now send and receive sensitive information, such as
bank statements, business tenders and bills, over the public internet without
fear of security or privacy breaches. A simple click of a "secure" button
downloaded to an existing email system will encrypt the message until it
reaches the intended recipient.
    The simplicity of both Secure Mail and Encrypted Message Exchange, both
powered by Echoworx, a leading software security provider, make them
attractive to businesses that have generally found digital certificates too
difficult to implement and use. Despite the clear benefits only one-fifth of
UK companies have employed digital certificates to safeguard their electronic
communications.(1)
    Many businesses will favour the Secure Mail option when sending email
messages to employees and trading partners. For example, a sensitive tender
process needs absolute security and privacy. The Encrypted Message Exchange is
more suitable for businesses communicating with large numbers of users via a
secure web portal, setup either as part of an intranet or extranet. One such
example application could involve a bank transacting securely and privately
with its small business customers.
    Judith Halkerston, managing director, UK telecom business at LogicaCMG,
comments: "Businesses are increasingly operating in a minefield when it comes
to digital security. In addition to deploying anti-virus and anti-spam
solutions, they also need to guarantee that their email communications are
private and secure. The business search for an effective but simple secure
email and internet encryption solution is finally over."

    (*)(1) DTI Information Security Breaches Survey 2006

    
    Notes to editors
    About BT
    
    BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions
and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include
networked IT services; local, national and international telecommunications
services; higher-value broadband and internet products and services and
converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four
lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.
    In the year ended 31 March 2007, BT Group plc's revenue was 20,223
million pounds Sterling with profit before taxation of 2,484 million pounds.
    British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT
Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT
Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
    
    For more information, visit www.bt.com/aboutbt
    For further information about BT
    
    Enquiries about this news release can be made to the BT Group Newsroom on
its 24-hour number: 020 7356 5369. From outside the UK dial + 44 20 7356 5369.
All news releases can be accessed at our web site:
http://www.bt.com/newscentre
    
    About LogicaCMG
    
    LogicaCMG is a major international force in IT and business services. It
employs around 40,000 people across 41 countries. LogicaCMG's focus is on
enabling its customers to build and maintain leadership positions using
LogicaCMG's deep industry knowledge and its track record for successful
delivery. The company provides business consulting, systems integration and IT
and business process outsourcing across diverse markets including telecoms and
media, financial services, energy and utilities, industry, distribution and
transport and the public sector. Headquartered in Europe, LogicaCMG is listed
on both the London Stock Exchange and Euronext (Amsterdam) (LSE: LOG;
Euronext: LOG) and traded on the Xternal List of the Nordic Exchange in
Stockholm. More information is available at www.logicacmg.com

    For further information on LogicaCMG

    
    Sarah Griffiths, Logica CMG, Tel: +44 20 7446 5387 or email:
    sarah.griffiths@logicacmg.com
    

    
    Hannah Williams, Trimedia Harrison Cowley, Tel: +44 7400 5597 or email:
    hannah.williams@trimediahc.com
    About Echoworx
    
    Echoworx is a provider of security solutions for enhancing privacy and
trust in digital communications. Echoworx product suite of privacy
applications leverages the power of Echoworx Secure Services (ESS) platform.
All data is encrypted using industry trusted standard PKI (Public Key
Infrastructure) and S/MIME technologies for strong encryption and digital
signatures, relying on standard X.509 certificates. The ESS platform is hosted
by global Application Service Provider partners of Echoworx and manages the
digital certificates for Echoworx's data privacy applications which include:
Secure Mail, Secure DOX, Encrypted Document Presentment, and Encrypted Message
eXchange. Echoworx products are currently offered by leading communication
providers that include: AT&T, IBM, LogicaCMG, Telus, Tiscali, Rogers, and
Verizon. Visit www.echoworx.com
    
    For more information
    Stefanie Nastou, Echoworx Corporation + 1 416-226-8610 pr@echoworx.com
    




For further information:

For further information: Stefanie Nastou of Echoworx Corporation, 
+1-416-226-8610, pr@echoworx.com; Sarah Griffiths of Logica CMG, +44 20 7446 
5387, sarah.griffiths@logicacmg.com; Hannah Williams of Trimedia Harrison 
Cowley, +44 7400 5597, hannah.williams@trimediahc.com Web Site:
http://www.echoworx.com                  http://www.bt.com/aboutbt          
       http://www.logicacmg.com

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