McAfee has released a new version of its E-Business Server data encryption software that it claims will make it easier to encrypt data sent outside your network.

Version 8.0 has new management features that will allow large companies to remotely manage multiple E-Business deployments from a single interface. An updated interface will also simplify configuration for smaller companies, McAfee said.

E-Business Server allows companies to secure communications and data transfers from network applications using 128-bit PGP encryption. Developers can build E-Business Server encryption features into proprietary or third-party applications using APIs, or link encryption services to network scripts or batch processes they run.

A separate E-Business Client allows end users to encrypt, sign and decrypt sensitive information using a "drag and drop" interface, before sending it along to the E-Business Server. The new product will make it easier for companies to comply with regulations governing data security, McAfee said.

McAfee E-Business Server 8.0 is available immediately.