Here’s Why You Need a Third-Party Email Security Offering

May 8, 2017 Amy Chapman

How much do you know about digital security? After more than 150 million Adobe accounts were breached in 2013, each including email addresses of their consumers, there’s been a compelling need to protect the available accounts in the best possible way. Cyber criminals are constantly active sending out millions of virus-infected link phishing emails. This kind of attack can be quite malicious, causing harm that sometimes cannot be undone. Many people end up losing important data without any possibility to retain it back.

You must be familiar with the fact that securing your business properly requires professional support, as there are many challenges you have to face in the online world. In order to achieve compliance, you need to prioritize your goals first.

Cloud-based email protection services are the best option you can turn to, as they not just provide anti-spam solutions, but also content filtering features. Many companies decide to put protection only for their generic email accounts and in such a way lower the number of phishing emails. This is, actually, just a ‘quick-win’ option. The best solution, although more expensive, is to protect email inbox of each and every employee in the company.

A hosted email protection service has many advantages. It ensures that all the emails you receive are first sent to the hosted service for scanning, and then, if the connection is safe, the email is sent to your on-premise email server.

Hackers most often break into companies by connecting to their email server directly. IP address restrictions are, therefore, extremely valuable, as they limit the list of connectors to an on-premise mail server. It becomes impossible for cyber criminals to identify which email server software you run, since they are not able to connect directly. In other words, your vulnerabilities stay completely hidden.

A hosted email protection service proves to be the best weapon against different types of attacks, most common being:

  • Phishing. Business users very often receive emails that contain malicious external links and attachments. A hosted email protection service is able to spot and quarantine these emails before they get to the on-premise email server.
  • Outbound and inbound email flooding. Spam filtering service processes large quantities of inbound emails before they are being sent to on-premise email server. On the other hand, outbound email flooding is much more easily spotted from a possibly misconfigured device.
  • Buffer overflows. This can happen if/when an on-premise email server gets hit by a large number of data. If something like that occurs, a hosted email protection service will meet the high load demand.
  • DoS (Denial of Service). If large volumes of email arrive through a limited-bandwidth Cable Modem connection or DSL, Internet services like VPN or Remote Desktop will be rendered unusable and external hosted services will be degraded.

Believe it or not, almost 70% of email traffic is considered to be malicious or spam, as given by the worldwide statistics. In today’s world when email has become the essential marketing and business service, spam filtering systems of high quality are a bear necessity. Apart from the growth in malicious external links and attachments, malware links have become a serious threat, too, as they are designed to steal important, confidential data, such as logins and passwords.

All in all, the fact is that every business in the online world is in potential danger of malicious web links. It is, thus, of extreme importance to have a third-party email security offering and protect your business in the best possible way.

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