PRETORIA, South Africa & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zix Corporation (ZixCorp), (Nasdaq: ZIXI), a leader in email data protection, has released a filter to automatically scan and identify sensitive data in outbound emails and attachments that would violate the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act. If triggered, the POPI filter automatically encrypts email through ZixGateway®, reducing stress for employees and providing peace of mind to South African organizations that need to comply with POPI.
The POPI Act established minimum requirements for all South African organizations that process personal information of South African citizens, including security measures for the integrity and confidentiality of personal information. Any person who fails to comply with the POPI Act can face penalties of up to 10 years in prison and up to R10 million (approx. US $700,000) in fines.
“Email is a critical business tool that enables the easy exchange of personal data yet exposes South African organizations to a significant compliance risk. We’ve teamed up with ZixCorp for its industry-leading email encryption and its proven history in privacy protection– all with the goal of making POPI compliance in email easier on local organizations,” said Christi Maherry, Chief Executive Officer of LAWtrust, a specialist security solutions provider and ZixCorp’s partner in South Africa. “Automatic scanning and encryption with the new POPI filter offers an easy email security solution that maintains workflow and takes compliance pressure off employees and organizations.”
The POPI filter was designed by the ZixResearch Center. With more than 13 years of dedicated experience, the ZixResearch Center has a strong reputation with ZixCorp’s more than 14,500 customers for developing and maintaining proven filters. Additional filters designed and maintained by ZixResearch Center include filters to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act, the Sarbanes–Oxley Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Before unveiling the POPI filter, the ZixResearch Center completed an eight-step process which includes compiling POPI definitions and best practices, gathering message samples and conducting multiple rounds of testing. As the POPI filter is used by South African organizations, the ZixResearch Center will modify and further optimize the filter.
“We have a proud 15-year history of being a reliable email encryption partner to U.S. organizations that face strict compliance regulations in finance, insurance and healthcare. Our filters for automatic scanning and encryption, combined with our unrivaled ease of use, were significant in building and maintaining that trust, and we look forward to building that same reputation with South African organizations,” said David Wagner, Chief Executive Officer of ZixCorp.
To learn more about the POPI filter, Zix Email Encryption or the partnership between LAWTrust and ZixCorp, please join Ms. Maherry and Mr. Wagner during a three-city South African roadshow through Pretoria, Johannesburg and Capetown from November 15 to 17. To schedule a meeting, please email email@example.com or call +27 (12) 676 9240.
LAWtrust is a specialist security solutions provider that builds trust in information systems through establishing authenticity, accountability and privacy in data messages. It focuses on applying digital signatures and positive identity to business processes, saving time, lowering costs and reducing risk for businesses. LAWtrust operates the only WebTrust certified Trust Centre in Africa, is included in both the Adobe and Microsoft Trust Lists as a Trusted Root Certificate Authority and was the first accredited authentication service provider under the ECT Act to provide Advanced Electronic Signatures. For more information, please visit www.lawtrust.co.za.
ZixCorp is a trusted leader in email data protection. ZixCorp offers industry-leading email encryption, a unique email data loss prevention (DLP) solution, and an innovative bring your own device (BYOD) email solution to meet your company’s data protection and compliance needs. ZixCorp is trusted by the nation’s most influential institutions in healthcare, finance and government for easy-to-use secure email solutions. ZixCorp is publicly traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol ZIXI, and its headquarters are in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.zixcorp.com.