Northern Rock has selected Symantec solutions to help secure its customer and corporate information.

The bank has employed Symantec's PGP Universal Gateway Email as part of its data protection strategy. Now part of the Symantec stable following the acquisition of PGP Corporation in April, the Universal Gateway Email provides centrally managed, standards-based email encryption to secure email communications with customers and partners.

It claimed that with Symantec's PGP Universal Gateway Email, organisations can minimise the risk of a data breach and comply with partner and regulatory mandates for information security and privacy.

Rick Hunkin, chief risk officer at Northern Rock, said: “At Northern Rock we take a proactive approach to data protection but with increasing regulatory pressures, we thought the time was right to upgrade our existing security strategy. Symantec offered a transparent solution which helps us deliver the appropriate levels of security.”

John Brigden, senior vice president, EMEA at Symantec, said: “In today's compliance driven society, an effective data security policy should be top of mind for all CIOs. Northern Rock is a great example of an organisation which is proactively taking steps to upgrade and guard against today's threats, whilst also anticipating tomorrow's challenges.”