Encryption and digital signature of e-mails: free of charge for new UPC-customers

8. May 2023

Cyber attacks on companies and public authorities usually begin unspectacularly – with an e-mail. Malware is used to introduce computer viruses into the IT system with the aim of extorting a ransom or committing industrial espionage or data theft. Employees are often not to blame, as phishing attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Anyone who wants to get a grip on the security of their digital business communications therefore has no choice but to implement measures such as e-mail encryption and e-mail signatures. Exactly our topic – we have a special offer for companies and law firms that are preparing for their activities at the Unified Patent Court of the EU and rely on the services of GLOBALTRUST.

The total damage caused to companies each year by opening infected attachments or clicking on links runs into hundreds of billions across Europe. Not to mention the loss of image and trust. And computer crime is still on the rise. As an experienced signature provider and provider of qualified trust services, GLOBALTRUST can help ensure the protection of your e-mail communication.

Free additional function for newly issued GLOBALTRUST UPC products

Just in time for the launch of the EU’s Unified Patent Court (UPC), we have a top offer for IP attorneys and all parties who need reliable authentication in court to manage innovations and intellectual property: When you place a new order for a GLOBALTRUST UPC product, we will activate the functions “e-mail signature” and “e-mail encryption” for you free of charge.

E-mail communication: Are you really safe?

The virus scanner works, spam protection and firewall are activated, your company feels safe? You think your systems are protected against external attacks? And anyway: Who cares about your data?
Sorry to say, but most likely you are misjudging your situation. Phishing attacks, identity theft and malware – cybercrime is becoming more and more sophisticated and it is becoming more and more difficult for your employees to distinguish fake e-mails from real e-mails or to identify false senders.
You can only protect your own business and your partners with additional measures, like signature and encryption.

Go for prevention with email signatures!

An electronic signature appended to an e-mail ensures its authenticity, i.e. it serves as proof of origin: it is a matter of verifying the identity of the sender. An unbroken signature further proves that the message has not been intercepted and tampered with on its way, thus ensuring its integrity. As a result, it is no longer possible to fake a sender or alienated content.
In this context you can also read about the fraud scam Fake-President-Fraud/CEO-Fraud and how you can take precautions with our product GLOBALTRUST COMPANY by creating forgery-proof, digital business cards for your employees.

Email encryption, professional secrecy and GDPR

We know that more than half of all companies and organizations don’t do it (yet), but we strongly recommend it: use email encryption to protect your electronic communications. It ensures confidentiality, preventing sensitive data, trade secrets and valuable information from being read. A digitally encrypted message can only be opened by recipients who have the appropriate key.
You can combine email encryption and email signature, but you can also use them independently.
If files are exchanged by e-mail, data protection and professional secrecy are sometimes at stake. Encryption of data is a suitable means according to the GDPR and can help to avoid corresponding liability traps due to data leaks.

Padlock: S/MIME technology

At GLOBALTRUST, we rely on S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions), a standard procedure that can be used for e-mail encryption and e-mail signatures.
S/MIME is based on an asymmetric encryption method. This means that, in contrast to symmetric encryption, users do not share a common secret key (private key); instead, each user uses his or her own key pair, which consists of the private key and a public key.
S/MIME is a technically mature process in which a clear text piece of information (plaintext) is converted into an unreadable counterpart (cipher text). The cipher text can only be made readable again with the aid of a suitable key. In the case of GLOBALTRUST UPC products, the matching key is located on a secure smart card integrated in a USB token. In addition to protection by means of a password, the key is also non-exportable and can be physically locked away.

Low barriers for introducing S/MIME

Due to the low costs, the simplicity and the widespread availability of e-mail programs that support S/MIME by default, we believe investments in e-mail security are extremely attractive. We are happy to inform you about the appropriate GLOBALTRUST products.

The following product type of our UPC tokens supports the signing and encryption of e-mails
UPC bundle (V2.0 issued as of 15.5.2023)
UPC token (V2.0 issued as of 15.5.2023)

The following product type of our UPC tokens supports the signing of e-mails
UPC bundle (V1.0 issued before 5/15/2023)
UPC token (V1.0 issued before 15.5.2023)

Note: A subsequent upgrade is not possible.

The following additional product types also support signing and encryption of e-mails:

✓ An overview of all products can be found here
✓ General information about the GLOBALTRUST UPC Bundle/Token can be found here

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