Trend Micro buys email encryption firm

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Feb 25, 2008

UK company taken over by security giant.

Global security superpower Trend Micro has invested in a small email encryption firm based in Bristol, UK.

The company, Identum, emerged from Bristol University's cryptography department five years ago, and markets an AES-based encryption software under the name Private Post, using public keys generated from a combination of the recipient's email address and a global public key. The firm will change its name to Trend Micro (Bristol) Ltd.

The existing product line will continue to be sold, rebranded into the Trend stable, but no details of future plans for the technology, or the costs involved in the buyout, have yet emerged.

A press release on the deal is on the Trend Micro site here or at Identum here. A white paper on SK-KEM, the technology behind the Private Post system, is here (PDF file).

Posted on 25 February 2008 by Virus Bulletin

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