At 04:19 PM 10/7/97 -0500, David Glosser wrote:
>Are there any white papers, studies, hard facts, etc. that are related to the
>lack of security and reliability of internet e-mail and why it is not
>appropriate for corporate use?
As noted by others, your question is slanted towards the assumption that
Internet mail is inappropriate for use by business, yet business uses
Internet mail extensively.
Please feel free to visit the IMC website for assorted information. As I
recall, powerpoint slides for a presentation on just this topic are among
the material we've posted.
Concerns for reliability of Internet mail are universally unfounded... as
long as originator and recipient are using competent Internet service
providers and/or are administering their own Internet gateways properly.
Almost all reports of reliability problems for Internet mail are from badly
run relays or gateways.
On the matter of security, as noted, snap-on tools for high-quality
privacy and authentication are available, via PGP and, just coming out,
Services for legal certification (non-repudiation) of sending by the
originator or receipt by the addressee, along the lines of the postal
registered return receipt, are not in place but are being explored.
Dave Crocker dcrocker @
Brandenburg Consulting +1 408 246 8253
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