Compaq Validates e-mail with Authentica

Compaq Validates e-mail with Authentica

Validate Technologies, the distributor of Authentica security software, has brokered a deal with Compaq Global Services that will see Authentica's e-mail and document security suite bundled with Compaq services around the world.

US-based Authentica has developed a software suite enabling users to set policies on what the recipient of an e-mail can do with the document and any applications attached to that e-mail. This includes preventing the recipient from forwarding, printing, copying, pasting, changing text, editing Word, Excel or other attachments and even setting a date for the e-mail to be deleted.

The deal is being touted as a major breakthrough for Validate, which took over the distribution of Authentica in the Asia-Pacific region in July last year.

As the first major reseller of the software, Compaq Global Services intends to bundle Authentica software with its Microsoft Exchange consulting and implementation practice.

According to Simon Roller, practice principal Compaq Global Services, Compaq is also looking to integrate Authentica into a managed services offering as well as exploring the possibility of bundling the software directly with Compaq hardware.

Roller said Compaq Global Services adopted the product because it "differentiates" Compaq's messaging offerings by allowing enterprises to dictate what happens to e-mails after they are sent. More importantly from a privacy perspective, it provides an audit trail of who has had access to that data.

Compaq Global Services will initially focus Authentica on the health, finance, manufacturing, government, police and defence vertical markets.

Under Authentica's Active Rights Management architecture, which provides a centralised management point for the security policies established by an enterprise, Compaq will offer Authentica's PageRecall, MailRecall, MailRecall Gateway and NetRecall applications to its customers.

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