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This article provides information on the retirement of SafeGuard LAN Crypt and its end-of-life on 31 March 2019. The following sections are covered:
Applies to the following Sophos products and versions SafeGuard LAN Crypt Client for PCSafeGuard LAN Crypt AdministrationSafeGuard LAN Crypt Client for Terminal Server
SafeGuard LAN Crypt is a product for transparent file encryption. It has been developed to enable confidential file exchange for groups of trusted users in large organizations.
In contrast to other file encryption products, SafeGuard LAN Crypt works without user interaction, supporting the role of a security officer who is also able to restrict the access rights of the system administrator by LAN Crypt-encrypted files. A master security officer can delegate the right to administer SafeGuard LAN Crypt. This way they can establish a hierarchy of security officers, which meets the security requirements of any company.
Every time a user moves a file into a trusted directory, the file is encrypted on their computer. And every time another trusted user in the same group reads the file from this directory, it is transferred to them in encrypted form. The file is only decrypted on its recipient’s computer. It may be modified there and encrypted again before being transferred back to the encrypted directory. Encrypted files are not assigned to individual users. Any user who has the correct key can access an encrypted file. This allows administrators to create logical user groups that are able to share encrypted files.
SafeGuard LAN Crypt will be retired as a Sophos product on 31 March 2019. This end-of-life date will mark the end of renewals, support, and maintenance for all versions and variants of LAN Crypt directly from Sophos. We plan to make LAN Crypt compatible with new versions of Windows 10 released before that time.
Watch LAN Crypt EOL webinar from 26 September 2017
Support and maintenance agreements that extend beyond 31 March 2019 will continue to be supported until the expiry of such agreement.
Up until the end-of-life date of 31 March 2019, customers can renew their maintenance contracts or purchase additional licenses from their normal Sophos partner. However, Sophos will limit all LAN Crypt maintenance renewals for existing customers to a maximum of 12 months per term, with a final end date of 31 March 2019.
Up until the end-of-life date of 31 March 2019, existing LAN Crypt customers can purchase additional licenses from their normal Sophos partner.
From 1 April 2019, no further purchase of Sophos LAN Crypt licenses will be possible.
You can follow the standard procedures for requesting a termination of your contract.
31 March 2019. Please see Retirement calendar for SafeGuard products.
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