The Maryland state government has adopted an email encryption system first developed by the NSA so that employees can share sensitive information with one another.
Virtru, a company founded by a former National Security Agency employee to market the technology, announced Thursday that after a pilot program in the prisons department some 15,000 employees are now using the system.
Susan Lyon, an official in the state's information technology department, said that using Virtru's technology will enable the state to comply with laws such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act — HIPAA — and "protect the privacy of our citizens statewide."
Virtru was founded in 2012 by former NSA engineer Will Ackerly and his brother John. Will Ackerly had previously deployed to Iraq and realized the government faced a problem sharing classified information to the soldiers who needed it without making it too widely available.