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GDPR sparks 33% increase in advisers registering for secure email

7 May 2018

Growing data security awareness in the lead up to GDPR has seen advisers and their staff signing up to Origo’s Unipass Securemail service rise to 2,000 new registrations per month in March and April, a 33% rise on the normal number of sign-ups, the Fintech said. 

Origo said the encrypted email service is provided free to financial advisers and their staff and is designed to be fast and simple-to-use, requiring ‘one click more than the normal email process’.

The service can be accessed via a plug-in to Microsoft Outlook, or via a web browser using Identity Based Encryption – all that is needed to be known to send securely is the email address of the recipient.

The service has 75,800 registered users and large corporate users of the system include Aegon, Canada life, Old Mutual, Sesame and Royal London.

Anthony Rafferty, Managing Director of Origo, says: “It would seem that GDPR has raised awareness of the need for improved data security in the industry. Sending emails to clients, which may contain personal and sensitive information must be managed and delivered securely. Internal emails, where the email service is hosted externally, also need security as that means messages and documents are open to interception.”

“What we are seeing is that as well as advisers registering for the service, paraplanners, administration and IT staff are increasingly signing up too, enabling all messages sent externally and internally to be encrypted, and so reducing the risk to the business.”

Rafferty concluded: “With the increased scrutiny around personal data that comes with the imminent introduction of GDPR, in particular in respect of the security of that data, it simply makes sense for adviser firms to not only use an encrypted service like Unipass Securemail for client communications but also to ensure all of their staff use it to cover transmission of data and messaging between each other and offices.”

Registration is via the Unipass Securemail website: www.unipass.co.uk/securemail

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