Today, we’re happy to announce a brand new ProtonMail plan. With ProtonMail Professional, encrypted email is finally available for organizations.
When ProtonMail first opened to the public last year, we launched with three plans, Free, Plus, and Visionary. Since then, millions of people have moved their email to ProtonMail and benefited from the security and privacy that comes with end-to-end email encryption. Today, we’re happy to announce a fourth ProtonMail plan, Professional.
Encrypted email for Organizations
ProtonMail Professional brings with it a much demanded feature that a lot of people from the ProtonMail community have been asking for since the very beginning. With the Professional plans, not only is it possible to use ProtonMail to host email for your domain, it is also possible to create individual user accounts for people within your organization.
The Professional plan comes with a set of powerful management tools that allow organization administrators to manage the accounts of organization members. With ProtonMail Professional, you can create administrators for your organization which can manage regular user accounts. This includes things like provisioning new accounts, allocating organization storage space between accounts, resetting passwords, and much more.
Best of all, ProtonMail Professional does all this while preserving the end-to-end email encryption that ProtonMail uses to protect your privacy. Professional plans allow you to extend that protection to your entire organization. With ProtonMail Professional, all emails exchanged between members of your organization benefit from automatic and transparent end-to-end encryption, meaning that even though ProtonMail is hosting your emails, we do not have the technical means to read your organization’s email communications, and cannot hand them over to third parties. Because we can’t read your emails, this also means that if ProtonMail servers are somehow compromised, your communications will still be protected because attackers cannot steal from us data that we do not possess in the first place.
Managing an encrypted organization
ProtonMail Professional manages to do all this while still making it possible to manage your organization. In other words, while all organization accounts are end-to-end encrypted, it is still possible for organization admins to access the emails of other organization users. Thus, organizational oversight and management is still possible, even with end-to-end encryption. Furthermore, administrative read permissions are also granted or revoked automatically when admin users are created or demoted.
This is made possible by a highly sophisticated organization level key management system which manages the keychain for the entire organization. However, all this complexity is hidden from the user. In fact, you can manage your organization’s encrypted emails without even knowing what an encryption key is, while still benefiting from the security provided by strong encryption. The flexibility and power of our key management system also means that private users can also be created if certain members of your organization need more privacy (private users are users whose emails are not accessible even to admins).
Getting started with ProtonMail Professional
To get started with encrypted email for your organization, you can upgrade to ProtonMail Professional by going to Settings –> Dashboard in the ProtonMail web interface. We also have created a comprehensive guide on how to get started with ProtonMail for Organizations.
Over the coming months, we look forward to continuing to enhance the features and capabilities of all ProtonMail plans so that we can make encrypted email a reality for everyone, from the individual user to the largest organizations.
The ProtonMail Team
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