Swedish encryption startup Cryptzone is putting some of the money it has spent the last year raising from investors to good use, announcing an overhaul for its enterprise-friendly crypto suite, Secured eFile.

Version 4.0 of the Windows software, which locks into the company's Simple Encryption Platform, features a raft of improvements, such as the ability of secured groups to work offline, synchronisation of a single user between several laptops, desktops and Citrix logins, and better auditing and password recovery.

There are also catch-up features such as Vista support, archiving for secured emails, and a secured recycle bin.
The concept underpinning the product is the need for policy-based encryption for files and folders across laptops, desktops and servers, whilst building in important management elements such as password recovery and auditing.

Although not well known outside its Swedish homeland, the Simple Encryption Platform competes with established players such as PGP Corporation , albeit without having the latter's range of encryption off-shoots such as whole-disk encryption and endpoint control.

"Protecting intellectual property and customer data are top security concerns for any business today. Recent high profile data loss incidents could all have been avoided if files and folders had been encrypted" said Cryptzone CEO Peter Davin, in the product's official release.

"Our enterprise file encryption solutions have been designed to combine a high level of security with maximum user transparency, so that implementation does not affect the normal working routine," he said.

Secured eFile does now include an increasingly important feature also found on PGP's platform, namely to track who is encrypting what without interfering with their use of documents. The program supports office file formats such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as database files.

Cryptzone's image in the important US market will have been done no harm by its recently-announced partnership with US company Dox Electronics, whose contracts give the Swedish company access to US government purchasers.