The alliance, a first in the industry, highlights both companies' commitment to enabling financial services companies to exchange confidential data with their key stakeholders electronically and in an efficient, secure and cost-effective manner.
With financial services keen to adopt electronic business processes, Origo identified the need to introduce secure e-mail services. It subsequently launched an initial pilot programme last year to run encryption-based e-mail services for a number of leading UK life and pension companies with their networks of independent financial advisors (IFAs).
Since the completion of the successful pilot, Unipass Securemail featuring Trend Micro Email Encryption has been rolled out across financial organisations and IFAs.
As part of the roll-out, Origo conducted a research study amongst 31 of the largest distributor groups, representing many thousands of IFAs to gain insight into current email practises and highlight the need for industry wide secure email services.
The research showed that the majority of firms (87%) did not currently have secure email systems, with over half of respondents (58%) highlighting that they were waiting for an industry standard to be put in place.
While this is the case, an alarming majority of respondents (94%) said they did use email to send personal, sensitive or confidential data.
"Origo's research confirms that many independent financial advisors use email as a vehicle to exchange confidential and sensitive data", says Anthony O'Mara, Vice President of EMEA at Trend Micro. "Amongst these organisations, a large majority (84%) expressed concerns that sending personal data via email without suitable security was unacceptably risky. These results confirm that there is a need for an industry-wide solution that ensures adequate email security is in place to prevent data loss and data leakage."
"We believe that there's a growing need for secure email services that can offer advanced encryption capabilities to secure sensitive data", says Paul Pettitt, Managing Director of Origo. "A majority of research respondents (90%) confirmed that, if offered, they would consider secure email services. We feel that by bringing together our understanding of the needs of financial services and independent financial advisors as well as Trend Micro's expertise in facilitating secure digital communications, this partnership is ideally placed to deliver these secure email services."
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About Origo Origo was launched by sixteen of the UK's leading life assurance companies in June 1989 to facilitate the development of electronic trading between principals and agents for Life, Pensions and Collective Investment business.
Origo's main purpose is to drive forward the adoption of e-business in the financial services sector by creating a standards based, competitive and secure trading environment in which industry goals are being met. Using proven expertise Origo has focused its business on developing XML and other Standards to support business processing as well as developing UNIPASS, digital certificates that secure the online trading environment.
Origo is an open forum that provides the catalyst for bringing different industry groups together, including product providers, financial advisers, portals and software companies to address non-competitive issues.
For further information please visit: www.origoservices.com