SOURCE: Voltage Security; Proofpoint

October 30, 2007 07:10 ET

National Life Group Selects Voltage and Proofpoint for Secure Communication With Agent Network

Fortune 1000 Insurance Company to Safeguard Client Information Across National Agent Network With Voltage SecureMail and Proofpoint Email Security Solutions

PALO ALTO, CA and SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - October 30, 2007) - Voltage Security, Inc., (, a global leader in information encryption, and Proofpoint, Inc., the leader in unified email security and data loss prevention solutions, announced today that National Life Group, an independent financial services organization headquartered in Vermont, has selected Voltage SecureMail™, Proofpoint Secure Messaging™ and Proofpoint Regulatory Compliance™ to provide secure email communication with its network of over 11,000 agents throughout the United States.

National Life Group selected the Voltage/Proofpoint solution for the following attributes:

--  Innovative approach to providing encryption, based on breakthrough
    Voltage Identity-Based Encryption™ (IBE) technology that works easily
    and is intuitive to end users.
--  Integration with Proofpoint's industry leading email security
--  Assistance in implementation beginning with a successful pilot project
    and through the "go-live" phase.
--  Overall ease of doing business with Voltage and Proofpoint, especially
    in understanding Insurance business processes and the nature of the
    independent agent relationship.

"It was like a breath of fresh air when we looked at the Voltage/Proofpoint solution," said Andrew Speirs, information security officer for National Life Group. "We looked at traditional PKI solutions but there was no way we wanted to deal with that nightmare of key management. Then we looked at web mail solutions but we did not want to create the management issues associated with working with a third-party data center for archived email. When we found Voltage we recognized immediately the benefits of their innovative approach to encryption. And, then, working with the Voltage and Proofpoint teams on implementation was a truly successful partnership."

"National Life Group needed a solution that did not put the computer between the agent and the customer. Insurance is a face-to-face business and the key to Voltage is that it is so intuitive that there is basically zero impact on the normal flow of email," said Sathvik Krishnamurthy, president and CEO of Voltage Security.

"With Voltage, all of our security concerns were addressed. It's like doing business with any reputable e-commerce site; set-up a password and go," continued Speirs. "We make a promise to our clients to safeguard their data and we mean to keep that promise."

The National Life Group implementation features Voltage SecureMail technology seamlessly integrated with the Proofpoint Regulatory Compliance module, which provides a robust policy engine enhanced with specific rules written to meet the unique needs of National Life. Emails are scanned for specific instances of personal data, such as social security numbers, ABA routing numbers, etc., and emails containing such content are automatically encrypted and delivered.

"By making it easy to automatically detect messages that contain sensitive content and then encrypt those messages using Voltage IBE technology, Proofpoint helps companies enforce best practices for privacy protection and aids in compliance with many different types of email-related data protection regulations," said Gary Steele, CEO of Proofpoint.

About National Life Group

National Life Group is a growing and diversified family of financial service companies made up of its flagship company, National Life Insurance Company, which was founded in Montpelier, Vt. in 1850, as well as Sentinel Asset Management Inc., Equity Services, Inc., Member SIPC, and National Retirement Plan Advisors Inc. all of Montpelier; and Life Insurance Company of the Southwest of Dallas, Texas. Companies in the Group offer a comprehensive portfolio of life insurance, annuity and equity products to help individuals, families and businesses meet their financial goals.

About Proofpoint

Proofpoint provides unified email security and data loss prevention solutions for enterprises, universities, government organizations and ISPs to defend against inbound threats such as spam and viruses, prevent leaks of confidential and private information across all protocols, and encrypt sensitive emails. Proofpoint's products are controlled by a single management and policy console and are powered by Proofpoint MLX™ technology, an advanced machine learning system developed by Proofpoint scientists and engineers. Proofpoint provides the most scalable and flexible deployment model including: hardware appliance, virtual appliance, hosted services and software. For more information, please visit

About Voltage Security

Voltage Security, Inc., an enterprise security company, is the global leader in information encryption. Voltage solutions, based on next generation cryptography, provide encryption that just works for protecting valuable, regulated and sensitive information persistently and based on policy. Voltage delivers power, simplicity and the lowest total cost of ownership in the industry through the use of award-winning Voltage Identity-Based Encryption™ (IBE). Voltage Security offerings include Voltage SecureMail™, the Voltage Data Protection System™ and the Voltage Security Network™ (VSN), an on-demand managed service for the extended business network.

Voltage Security is the number one OEM provider of email encryption technology in the world with OEMs that include Microsoft, Proofpoint, Secure Computing, Sendmail, Canon, Code Green Networks and NTT Communications. The Company has been issued several patents based upon breakthrough research in mathematics and cryptographic systems. Customers include over 1.2 million licensed and deployed users at Global 1000 companies in banking, retail, insurance, energy, healthcare and government, such as American Board of Family Medicine, Diebold, Integro Financial, NTT Communications, SafeAuto Insurance, Winterthur Life UK Ltd. and XL Global Services. For more information please visit

Proofpoint, Proofpoint Secure Messaging and Proofpoint Regulatory Compliance are trademark or registered trademarks of Proofpoint, Inc. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

Voltage Enterprise Privacy Management, Voltage Identity-Based Encryption, and Voltage SecureMail are registered trademarks of Voltage Security, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    For Voltage Security:
    Paula Dunne
    Contos Dunne Communication
    Email Contact
    +1 408-893-8750

    Proofpoint Press Contact:
    Andy Murphy
    Davies Murphy Group for Proofpoint, Inc.
    (781) 418-2408
    Email Contact