Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Level 7

Some encryption questions


as I have seen in the product guide of the mail gateway, it is possible to use email encryption.

1.) Is S/MIME and PGP compatible with all other vendors?

Example: Can the Email Gateway encrypt an email with pgp and send it to a exchange server, which does not use pgp itself. But the workstation has "symantec pgp desktop" installed to decrypt the message.

2.) Or does this encryption only works between two mail-gateways?

3.) Or does it even has to be a McAfee Email Gateway at both sites?

4.) Licensing: Do I need some special licenses to use email encryption, or is it included (for instance in the "content security license")

Best regards,


0 Kudos
1 Reply
Level 12

Re: Some encryption questions

I'm pretty certain PGP won't be compatible.   S/MIME is a standard, afaik. 

MEG7's on-box encryption capabilities are such taht you can configure it to attempt server to server encryption when available, and then fall back to secure web delivery, wherein an on-box web server on the MEG has an http server that the recipient of the email would be told to connect back to "e.g. click here - you got a secure message from teh acme corporation."   The user sets up their username and password the first time they get an email from your company this way, and all future encrypted mails from that MEG server will re-use that account they created.  There's a distinction between push and pull secure mail deliveries here... one in which the message stays on your email server and they can only see it when logged into that secure mail web page, another where the message somehow gets pushed in an encrypted form to the box.  HOw it decrypts, I dunno. 

No, a MEG is not needed at both sites.

I have no idea on the licensing, but I'll say there way no separate line item on what we purchased and our MEG 7 can do this encryption I've crudely described above. 

NOte:  if you are in a clustered config, you can't do secure web delivery until you install patch 1 of MEG 7.   See another thread for how well that's goin for me.  :-)

0 Kudos