Critical Path Upgrades Security Offerings

FRAMINGHAM (06/26/2000) - Critical Path Inc. announces on Monday a suite of secure messaging services designed to help enterprises protect information assets such as engineering drawings, financial documents and legal agreements transferred over the Internet.

The new services are the first step in Critical Path's plan to become a "trusted messaging institution," says Chief Security Officer Mike Serbinis.

"We're at the Pony Express stage of the Post Office in terms of moving to a new trusted messaging environment," Serbinis says. "Enterprise customers need someone to look at the end-to-end communication. They need a comprehensive approach including security-conscious people, processes and technology."

Serbinis says the technologies used to create a secure messaging environment - including encryption, antispam, antivirus, digital certificates and public-key infrastructure - must be transparent to end users and easy to use. Corporate customers also need security to encompass communications that happen anywhere, anytime and on any device.

To meet these needs, Critical Path is offering three new secure Web-mail services based on the Secure Socket Layer standard. The so-called InScribe Secure File Services include:

-- Web Courier, which enables users to send secure messages via a Web browser.

-- Virtual Hard Drive, which allows users to store documents in private or public folders on the Web and access them from a Web browser. Up to 10M bytes of storage is included in the regular monthly fee.

-- Team Workspace, a file sharing and collaboration service that offers document management, version control, access control and discussion groups.

When taken together, the InScribe services cost between US$8 and $15 per user, per month depending on the number of users. The InScribe services ride on top of Critical Path's regular Web mail, which costs $5 per user, per month plus an initial set-up fee. Additional fees ranging from $7.50 to $12 per user, per month are charged for the use of encryption or digital certificates through the InCase Certified File Service.

All the new services are available immediately.

In a related move, Critical Path will release enhanced antivirus services later this summer.

Critical Path: www.cp.net.

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