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Securing Confidential Data Sent via E Mail over the Internet

Recently our company has advised us that we may no longer send E mails with attached files that contain confidential data over the Internet, because the data is not secure.

My job function involves sending confidential financial information to other companies, and I often E mail it.  I need to resolve this issue.

Before I talk with my IT department, I would like some suggestions for solutions that could be quickly and cost effectively implemented for our small group of 5 personnel.

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jseverson
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ransonebCommented:
There are a number of PGP addins that work very nicely, but you should also consider the S/MIME capabilities in Exchange and Outlook.

Go here and read up on PKI and CA. Your company might want to set this up for the entire company.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2000/maintain/win2kms.mspx
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jseversonAuthor Commented:
Lets assume that our IT department will not be able to implement anything for several months.  In the interim, I need to send E mails over the Internet  that are secure.  

1.  What off the shelf products can I purchase?

2.  Are there any settings in Outlook that I can change?
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ransonebCommented:
Outlook has some security features already.  

Open outlook and go to the tools menu.  
Select Options
Go to the Security Tab
choose to encrypt messages and/or add digital signitures, and/or request S/MIME reciepts.

At the least, encrypt
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