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Jun 24 2009   5:45PM GMT

FAA Gives PKWare’s SecureZip Stamp of Approval

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

It doesn’t surprise me that the inventor of the ZIP file format was recently awarded a large enterprise
software license and maintenance agreement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). What does surprise me is that with my network of security news sources, I hadn’t heard about this product before now.  Granted, I’m mostly an Open Source guy and SecureZIP is commercial software ($39.95 for a single-user license), but I was asleep on this one.

PKWARE’s SecureZIP software will initially be deployed across 50,000 Microsoft Windows® desktops
at the FAA and Department of Transportation (DOT).

I like the way SecureZIP leverages PKI. It enables users to secure files and folders with strong passphrase or digital certificate-based encryption. It also supports digital signatures to ensure data integrity. SecureZIP makes acquiring and using a digital certifcate simple: Upon installation, SecureZIP will automatically request and install (if desired) a digital certifcate from Comodo.

I like AxCrypt and have been using it for quite some time for simple security. AxCrypt doesn’t offer compression, however, so you have to create an archive first, then encrypt it. Moreover, you can’t use certificates or employ digital signatures. SecureZIP is a clear winner for robust security with compression.

I’m headed over there right now to get an evaluation version.

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