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Is there a free or really cheap solution to be able to block outbound email with attached .zips that are not password protected?

I understand that I can do a search on Google and get lots of hits but I would like to hear from people that are actually using the application they are recommending.

We are currently using MS Exchange 2003 and MessageLabs (external SMTP). Email clients are using Outlook 2003 and the approximate total user base is 170.
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by:Barry Gill
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just a question... more people are likely to refuse password protected zip files than those that aren't as this is a common attack vector used by virus writers.
Are you looking to secure your users data, attachments etc? Have you considered using a more appropriate encryption technology?
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by:SSAKUSEISHA
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barrulus, thank you for your comment.

Actually, this is supposedly a compliance requirement (I'm not in the US) so even if that is the case, management wants it implemented.
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I guess IMSS 7.2 for Windows would actually be Best as per your requirement
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compliance requirement?
There is NO legislation that mandates zipping files, though there is plenty that mandates securing and encrypting specific types of data (particularly private data and financial data). The forms of encryption accepted do not include password protecting zip files.

Messagelabs have an encryption product and a TLS product that will meet your legislative requirements alot better (I work for a competitor of theirs, but I know what they have).

Best thing to do is guide your management correctly, blindly implementing a technology because someone "said so" will ultimately cost you pain and suffering when you have to reverse engineer it all at a later stage.

Find out what legislation they are trying to comply with, I can direct you in terms of what the actual best fit application/service will be to meet that requirement.
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by:SSAKUSEISHA
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Thank you for your comments and advice. I was hoping that more people would comment so my apologies for not updating sooner.

I have requested to see the actual compliance rule but have yet to receive it. I am in Japan and JSOX (born from U.S. SOX) is the name of the regulation. It just started about two years ago and many of the technical guidelines are still unclear.

We have already looked at TLS with MessageLabs but the fees that Message Labs Japan wants to charge was not inline with what the business is willing to pay. We also looked at changing over to Postini for a better TLS rate but management did not want to change the current email infrastructure.
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by:SSAKUSEISHA
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Thank you for your assistance. I still have not been able to get clear requirements but for now, it appears that simply creating a management control of requiring attachments to be zipped and encrypted with 7-Zip will be sufficient.
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