Cloud Email Security
…provides organisations with protection from threats originating from Email – such as viruses, spam and Trojans.
Email security suites have been a mainstay of IT operations for a number of years with most organisations subscribing to some form of anti-spam and anti-virus solution for email protection. Email security suites also tend to be integrated with Web security suites to aid management of systems.
Email security suites are delivered as a Software as a Service solution with minimal configuration required client side to enable the service. Email security suites are delivered with core functionality such as spam protection and anti-virus with modular functionality offered on a subscription basis.
Modules are typically;
Archiving: For regulatory or policy objectives many organisations are required t retain email for a period of time both inbound and outbound. Archiving services are independent of your network and in the event of a failure of your email systems provide a back up of any lost email.
Message Encryption: All messages outbound and inbound are encrypted ensuring that privacy and confidentiality is maintained.
Data Leak Prevention: Your organisation may need to secure certain types of documents or protect against confidential information being sent using email. Data leak prevention uses keywords or policies to protect against leakage.
There are some compelling advantages for both users and companies, who adopt the SaaS model of protecting systems from email security threats.
Spam email can overload servers and distract users with non business communications. Stopping spam before it reaches your systems protects your organisation from a multitude of threats.
Viruses harm systems cause downtime and are able to bring an IT system to its knees. Stop viruses before they are able to reach your systems.
Ensure that your partners and customers are able to send you email by creating whitelists of email addresses and domains allowed to communicate with your organisation.
Latest attack patterns
Using a SaaS based email security provider ensures that your systems are subject to the latest threat detection and blocking algorithms.
Protect your email for a retention period you define ensuring compliance with regulations or to provide a disaster recovery solution in the event of email system failure.
Use encryption inbound and outbound to secure messages in transit.
With any technology deployment there are things to keep in mind and consider. We have listed out potential pitfalls to consider when purchasing an email security service.
Adding an email security suite will always introduce minimal latency to messages but does the provider operate out of good datacentres with good connectivity.
Cheaper is not always best, look at functionality provider performance reference sites an ease of use of the system.
Does the email security provider have a partner channel or technical assistance to help migrate and implement their solution?
Always conduct a trial of a service before subscribing, prepare an internal checklist with goals for the service and measure each vendor against these goals. If you have a domain which receives emails but is not your primary domain use this during the trial rather than a live system.
At Compare the Cloud, we’re here to help you get started and to identify suitable technology partners to help with your deployment. Take a few minutes to tell us about your company in our Cloud Discovery Q&A, and we’ll present you with some informed options – and help you take full advantage of email security solutions.
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