Operating as the UK national technical authority for information assurance, CESG is charged with enabling secure and trusted knowledge sharing, primarily serving central government departments and agencies, as well as the armed forces. Within this remit, Commercial Product Assurance (CPA) is offered to platforms performing security functions in the lower threat environments, providing assurance that they have been tested against CESG standards.
Today’s announcement sees Switch become the only CPA approved product for email encryption at the desktop and gateway.
Commenting on the announcement, a CESG spokesperson said: “We are delighted that Egress Switch has passed its Commercial Product Assurance evaluation and will be certified to protect public sector information up to IL3. The CPA programme was set up by CESG to certify commercial security products for use by government, the wider public sector and industry. As such, it plays a crucial role in helping organisations select security products that have been independently assured and are fit for purpose. In the case of Switch, Egress’ innovative technology and commitment to demonstrating that it meets CESG’s standards means that the end-user has confidence that they are selecting an email encryption product that has been approved by CESG and is capable of protecting their organisation and the data they share from external threats.”
Tony Pepper, CEO of Egress Software Technologies, explains: “At Egress, we recognise the challenge that organisations in the Public Sector face when trying to share sensitive information with external third parties. While existing networks such as GCSX, PNN, NHSmail and CJSM offer transport layer security when communicating across Government, in many cases sensitive information is not being afforded appropriate levels of protection when shared outside Government to external delivery partners, citizens and third sector businesses.”
“Working closely with the team at CESG, we have looked to tackle this information sharing challenge head on by offering customers real solutions to real problems. As such, this certification makes Switch the only CESG CPA approved product for sharing sensitive data up to IL3 across and outside Government,”