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By pkiefer ·
I was recently asked by the VP of Finance to evaluate file encryption software for sending confidential documents via public internet e-mail. After testing several options with him, we found a software package that meets all of his needs.

The problem is that he is looking for some validation or guarantee that the software is actually encrypting the file as specified.

I spoke with the manufacturer who could only give me verbal reassurances that the software worked in accordance with the prescribed encryption algorithms. This isn't enough proof, however. I asked the manufacturer if their software was ever validated by an outside lab and the answer was no.

Does anybody have any ideas on how I can go about "proving" that this or any other encyrption software is actually working.

Thanks.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Encryption Software Valid ...

So, this application encrypts e-mail or e-mail attachments before the e-mail is sent, right?
So, to use this properly, you would need to send the files to a recipient who could then de-crypt the e-mail, right?

Well, then, how about you compose an e-mail, encrypt it, then send it to a machine that does NOT have the de-crypter?
If the receiving machine tries to open the e-mail (or attachment), and all it sees is garbage, then the message must be encrypted.

Other then that, you would probably have to get a university or software company involved in certifying the encryption from this product.

hope this helps

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by pkiefer In reply to Encryption Software Valid ...

Joe, Thanks for the comments, but this wasn't quite what I was looking for.

Paul

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