This article contains some frequently asked questions about PGP NetShare.
Question: What is PGP NetShare?
Answer: PGP NetShare provides secure, shared file encryption without requiring changes to end-user applications, processes, or workflow or to an organization's storage infrastructure. IT backup and archiving applications remain as-is. PGP NetShare enables complete role separation between those authorized to create, change, and view content and systems administration personnel.
Question: When should organizations use PGP NetShare?
Answer: Organizations should use PGP NetShare when they want to protect files shared on network servers.
Question: Does PGP NetShare protect at the folder or file level?
Answer: Both. PGP NetShare allows for protected work area access control in folders and self-contained file protection independent of location.
Question: Does PGP NetShare protect information on removable media?
Answer: Yes. With PGP NetShare, protection remains with any files copied to local storage or removable media from a shared, protected folder. PGP NetShare can also be used in conjunction with PGP Universal Management Server, PGP Whole Disk Encryption, PGP Virtual Disk, and PGP Desktop for added security.
Question: Is PGP NetShare a hardware appliance?
Answer: No. PGP NetShare is a client-based software solution.
Question: What impact will PGP NetShare have on my servers and networks?
Answer: Virtually none. Because PGP NetShare is client-based, it can scale to include thousands of users without degrading system, server, or network performance.
Question: Can people use existing PGP keys with PGP NetShare?
Answer: Yes, they can use existing PGP keys with PGP NetShare.
Question: Can people use existing X.509 certificates with PGP NetShare?
Answer: Yes, they can use existing X.509 certificates with PGP NetShare.
Question: Does PGP NetShare support passphrases?
Answer: No. PGP NetShare requires either a PGP key or an X.509 certificate to protect files.
Question: Do people have to change the way they work to use PGP NetShare?
Answer: No. With PGP NetShare, users simply create, save, and share files as before without changing their behavior or requiring additional training.
Question: Does PGP NetShare support role separation?
Answer: Yes. IT administrators can manage and back up PGP NetShare-protected files even if they do not have access rights to the decrypted data. This approach limits content access to authorized users only.
Question: Does PGP NetShare provide a way to recover information?
Answer: Yes. When used in conjunction with PGP Universal Management Server, PGP NetShare allows organizations to retain access to encrypted information using the patented Additional Decryption Key (ADK) capability. With the ADK, information is encrypted to an additional corporate key; the ADK may also be split between several people to ensure no individual has unauthorized access.
Question: How is PGP NetShare different from PGP Virtual Disk and PGP Whole Disk Encryption?
Answer: PGP NetShare protects files in a shared, collaborative environment, usually over a network. PGP Virtual Disk and PGP Whole Disk Encryption protect individual drives or portion of drives on a local system. All three are best-of-breed security solutions designed for different use cases.
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