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7 Hot Advances In Email Security

Despite gaping security holes, email is too entrenched in business communications to go away. Consider these 7 ways to bolster email security and help IT admins sleep easier at night.
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Email was never designed to be secure.

Instead, it was coded to be a quick and dirty communications method for use on the Internet at a time when data security was rarely even thought about. And thanks to its incredibly wide adoption, email continues to be a critical communications tool for enterprise environments. Quite simply, there is no rival. Many of us would even consider email a more important communications tool than the telephone.

Yet, because email was architected so long ago, and with very few security measures built in, IT systems and security administrators are having a tough time securing it.

In most enterprises, email should never be considered a secure form of communications. There are gaping security holes everywhere you look, including how email is secured on end devices, how it's stored within email servers, and  how messages are delivered though corporate networks and the Internet. Daily phishing and other malware assaults on our corporate inboxes are a growing nuisance. The increased sophistication of email hacks is on the rise, fooling even the most tech-savvy users.

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Don't despair. We'll look at a number of recent advancements in email security that may help IT admins rest easier at night. Some advances attempt to take on email spoofing so you can be confident that an email actually came from the sender. Others look at ways to improve end-to-end encryption, with options to make it easy to use, and even mandatory. Last, there are several advances that seek to reduce and eliminate phishing, malware, and other undesirable messages.

The email system as we know it is at a crossroads. Either the technology (and those of us who manage it) must rapidly adopt security measures that protect email data at rest and in motion, or we must move on to a new solution that is built around a security framework.

Considering how entrenched email is in our daily lives, we need to at least give email security a chance before it's tossed into the dustbin of tech history.

Once you've reviewed the email advances we've got our eyes on, tell us in the comments section below which ones you think are promising -- or if you think we should abandon email altogether and find a new corporate communications platform.

Andrew has well over a decade of enterprise networking under his belt through his consulting practice, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and datacenter build-outs and prior experience at organizations such as State Farm Insurance, United Airlines and the ... View Full Bio

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nomii
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8/20/2015 | 2:30:31 PM
Re: Encryption
"Sending sensitive information as encrypted attachments is an option...but just another example of hoops to jump through in order to achieve a secure method of [email protected]"

@Andrew i am sorry that i am not being able to understand your point. Can you please elaborate it for my understanding. thanks

Andrew Froehlich
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Andrew Froehlich,
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8/20/2015 | 1:37:58 AM
Re: Encryption
Sending sensitive information as encrypted attachments is an option...but just another example of hoops to jump through in order to achieve a secure method of communication.

And yes, I agree that encryption is the primary concern for most people.
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nomii,
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8/19/2015 | 10:03:21 AM
Re: Encryption

The security of email at individual level is very difficult to be ensured but it will be somewhat easier where a decision can be taken. In our organization where emails are being used to send something a bit sensitive, it is advised to send it as an attachment and first encrypt that document and then send it to other formation. But it is more applicable to formations within the organization. For outer organizations this security is a very hard thing to materialize and we need to find a viable solution which is still not available.

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nomii,
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8/19/2015 | 9:57:52 AM
Encryption

A good article indeed. I will personally be more interested in DNS authatication as well as Damil but still feel that encryption is the one of the best solution but masses do not take it seriously.

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