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Berkshire Bank Renews with Zix Corporation for Secure Email
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ZixCorp Email Encryption Services are critical component to Berkshire Bank's privacy compliance

PITTSFIELD, Mass. & DALLAS, Jun 28, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Zix Corporation (ZixCorp), (NASDAQ: ZIXI), the leader in email encryption services, signed a three-year renewal agreement with Berkshire Bank. ZixCorp has provided email encryption services to Berkshire Bank since 2008. Berkshire Bank renewed after enjoying the unparalleled ease of use from transparent email encryption with ZixGateway®. The ZixCorp solution also helps Berkshire Bank satisfy the privacy requirements in Massachusetts regulation 201 CMR 17.

“Berkshire Bank has implemented a proactive, data security strategy to protect the sensitive information of all our customers. We are constantly enhancing it as we encounter new threats and new regulatory requirements,” said John Sinopoli, Vice President, Information Technology for Berkshire Bank. “CMR 17 was a significant regulatory adjustment for businesses managing the sensitive information of Massachusetts residents, but Berkshire Bank was well prepared for the change. We were completely comfortable with the new secure email requirement because ZixCorp Email Encryption Services was already providing us with a convenient security and compliance solution.”

Effective in March 2010, 201 CMR 17 mandates the protection and security of sensitive information about Massachusetts residents. The state regulation applies to all persons and businesses that possess personal information about a resident of Massachusetts.

In preparation for the state regulation, the ZixResearch CenterTM expanded its industry proven lexicons to include a custom solution for Massachusetts businesses. Lexicons are used to conduct automatic scanning and help prevent leaks of potentially sensitive information. ZixCorp solutions also have custom lexicons for three other states - California, Nevada and Washington – which currently require similar data privacy standards.

“Businesses are challenged by security needs that are constantly shifting in light of data breaches and demanding regulatory requirements,” said Rick Spurr, ZixCorp’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “ZixCorp Email Encryption Services offers a secure email solution that’s simple, safe and secure.”

Berkshire Bank uses automatic scanning by ZixGateway to protect email communication of more than 700 employees. Secure email is sent and enabled for all Berkshire Bank customers and partners, and more than 215 business partners receive transparent encrypted email. Transparent encrypted email is enabled between ZixGateway customers and allows secure email to be sent and accessed without any extra steps; not even a password is needed. Last year alone, Berkshire Bank sent more than 50,000 transparent secure emails using ZixGateway.

About Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank - America's Most Exciting Bank(SM).  The Company has $3.2 billion in assets and 48 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont.  The Company provides personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services.  Berkshire Bank provides 100% deposit insurance protection for all deposit accounts, regardless of amount, based on a combination of FDIC insurance and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). The Company completed the acquisition of Rome Bancorp on April 1, 2011.  For more information, visit or call 800-773-5601.

About Zix Corporation

Zix Corporation provides the only email encryption services designed with your most important relationships in mind. The most influential companies and government organizations use the proven ZixCorp® Email Encryption Services, including WellPoint, Humana, the SEC and more than 1,200 hospitals and 1,500 financial institutions. ZixCorp Email Encryption Services are powered by ZixDirectory®, the largest email encryption community in the world. The tens of millions of ZixDirectory members can feel secure knowing their most important relationships are protected. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Zix Corporation

Taylor Stansbury Johnson, 214-370-2134