RE: Using TLS to Secure Email

  • From: "Mulnick, Al" <Al.Mulnick@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 12:55:59 -0500

I think you should poll your customers and see what they're willing to do
and not willing to do based on the facts.  If they decide that you should
use TLS (or IPSec vpn or policy based encryption etc) then you should pursue
that route.  I don't think that TLS is ahead of it's time, I think it's a
limited solution for specific situations.  Typically, I would prefer to
deploy between single-entity managed MTA's vs. with external companies per
se.  In my opinion, the overhead may just justify the expense of a
commercial policy-based encryption MTA vs. TLS.  

You won't know until you ask them though and until you call the companies
for a specific quote vs. what's on the web.  They may be able to work with
your specific situation depending on the needs. It is a business in the end


-----Original Message-----
From: Kevin Bachelder [mailto:kbachelder@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2005 1:12 PM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: Using TLS to Secure Email

Hey Al,

Thanks very much for the detailed reply!

I'm thinking that there will be 3-6 larger clients of ours that will want a
solution and may be skilled enough to implement TLS.  I definitely don't
want this to require a solution on the desktop of the individual user.  As
you stated too much chance of a mistake or an omission of the required
process.  Server based solutions are what I want however the ones that do
policy enforcement, etc. cost several thousand dollars and as much as our
medical clients want to be in compliance they will not want to pay more for
a "secure email option" that we could implement at an additional fee. 
I have posted this question on a few Exchange discussion lists and no one
has commented about using TLS so maybe its "ahead of its time" and I should
just plan to "bite the bullet" and implement a costly solution.

Thanks again for the thoughts,


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