There is no security "killer app" that will make an organization's every dealing absolutely 100% secure. Even PGP itself has been defeated, not through cryptographic attacks, but by keyloggers or rootkits installed on machines, stolen private keys, and other methods that exploit the human side of security. Security is in essence a system, and attention must be paid to every single facet of the system for it to be effective as a whole.
That being said, PGP Universal solves a real security problem - enterprise-level encryption. It allows individuals with no knowledge of encryption to send secure messages both within and outside their organizations. While there are other products out there that do some of the individual things that PGP Universal does, such as encrypt disks or encrypt email, there are no products that cover everything that Universal does. Furthermore, there are also no products that do all of this with tested, proven, industry-standard encryption schemes such as OpenPGP and S/MIME, capabilities that also set PGP Universal apart from other solutions.
Figure 9: Integrated keyserver and SNMP traps make an administrator's life easier
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Updated August 16, 2005
The price tag of $2,950 for a 25 user, 1-year license for PGP Universal Series 500 may seem steep. But when compared to the cost of amassing similar products (as well as getting them all to work together and getting support for them), the price starts to look more reasonable. If you can do without PGP Desktop, a 25 user, 1-year license for PGP Universal Series 100 will run you only $1,475 ($59 per seat).
While there are a few things about the interface that could be made more intuitive, the product as a whole works well for both users and administrators. It provides the right amount of transparency for end-users to go about their daily activities, while providing enough hackability and creamy goodness to satisfy administrators. With PGP Universal 2.0, PGP Corp. proves that in addition to providing pretty good privacy, they can also provide pretty great enterprise encryption.