Financial institutions leverage email encryption as a primary defense in protecting sensitive information

ALPHARETTA, Ga., Apr 24, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Safe Systems, recent winner of the BankNews Innovative Solutions Award, and national leader in compliance-centric IT solutions and hosted services exclusively to financial institutions, today announced quarterly results of its hosted email exchange solution, SafeSysMail, which features email encryption powered by Zix Corporation (ZixCorp), the leader in email encryption services.

SafeSysMail protected nearly 25 million email messages in the first quarter — of those, more than 90 percent needed to be blocked as incoming malicious threats. According to the FFIEC, which uses ZixCorp(R) Email Encryption Services, financial institutions should use encryption to mitigate the use of disclosure or alteration of sensitive information in storage and transit. The Safe Systems’ solution integrates seamlessly with existing email applications, and encryption keys are managed automatically — with a focus on both the sender and receiver experience.

Kirt Knauer, VP and CTO for $1.1 billion Park Sterling Bank, said, “Of the top priorities for a financial institution, security and compliance are some of the most important. Park Sterling Bank is growing, placing even more emphasis on seamless, secure and compliant integration across all branches. Using an automated email encryption service allows our bank to increase back office efficiencies, with the knowledge that our information is secure.”

As part of a compliance solution, tailored to meet every institution’s needs and objectives, the automatic email encryption service sets a vital barrier between potential threats and the security of the institution. Additionally, financial institutions can feel confident knowing that automatic email encryption alleviates the need for users to decide when encryption is necessary and eliminates any user mistakes. Danny Johnston, CEO for Safe Systems said, “Since such a large volume of data streams through email as the backbone of business communications, it is increasingly important to ensure the information sent is adequately protected. The Safe Systems email encryption service, with ZixCorp’s industry leading, easy to use technology provides institutions with peace of mind without sacrificing convenience.”

“Through our partner Safe Systems, we are able to make sophisticated technology available to banks and credit unions across the country, which have some of the greatest standards and regulatory requirements in regards to data sharing and protecting sensitive information,” said Steve Irons, VP of corporate sales, channels and marketing for ZixCorp.

For more information about email encryption for financial institutions, please join Safe Systems and ZixCorp for a complimentary educational webinar on Wednesday, May 23rd, at 2 p.m. ET. Attendees will earn one hour of CPE credit for attending. Register at .

About Zix Corporation

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp) provides the only email encryption services designed with your most important relationships in mind. The most influential companies and government organizations use the proven ZixCorp(R) Email Encryption Services, including WellPoint, the SEC and more than 1,400 hospitals and 1,700 financial institutions. ZixCorp Email Encryption Services are powered by ZixDirectory(R), the largest email encryption community in the world. The tens of millions of ZixDirectory members can feel secure knowing their most important relationships are protected. For more information, visit .

About Safe Systems

Founded in 1993, Safe Systems is the national leader in providing compliance-centric IT solutions exclusively to financial institutions. As a technology partner, and recent winner of the BankNews Innovative Solutions Award, Safe Systems has worked with over 500 financial institutions and manages over 25,000 network devices nationwide. Safe Systems’ scalable and cost effective solutions include IT managed services, compliance solutions, business continuity and disaster recovery, hosted email, data vaulting, network design and installation, security services, and IT and compliance training. Safe Systems helps financial institutions to significantly decrease costs, increase revenues, and improve performance. For additional information about Safe Systems, Inc., please visit or call 877.752.0550.

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