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5 Ways Your Email Could Be At Risk

Nearly all businesses rely on email to assist with day-to-day activities. But many businesses haven’t addressed new and seemingly unavoidable vulnerabilities.  If you are running an Exchange server on-premises or if you lack certain email security capabilities, your email could be at risk.

Here are 5 ways your email could be vulnerable:

1. Unprotected infrastructures

For on-premises deployments, physical security needs to be considered because the facilities where servers are located may be vulnerable. Many businesses don’t think about these risks until their offices are burglarized and their email servers are stolen or damaged. It’s especially risky for regulated businesses because this constitutes a data breach that may result in public disclosure and even fines.

2. Lack of support

Today’s standard requires email to be available 24/7/365.  However, most businesses run lean IT departments and lack the ability to offer 24/7 on-call service.  Unfortunately, when nobody is on-call, this can allow bugs to compound and increase in scale, causing critical security issues or costly downtime.

3. Natural disasters

Natural disasters are unavoidable and most businesses lack the ability to protect themselves against local outages or disasters because the necessary solution is extremely complicated to deploy.  As a result, if a disaster strikes, they are left to deal with costly downtime and lost data.

4. Cyber threats

Cybercrime is on the rise, and as criminals use more sophisticated tactics, email administrators need to find new ways to combat these threats.  The trouble is many businesses don’t have the right infrastructure or resources to keep up with the changes in technology. This could result in stolen data, passwords or worse, millions of dollars.

5. Lost data

Nearly half of all email sent and received today offers some business value to an organization.*  But what happens if an employee deletes an email?  Or if someone sues the business?  If emails can’t be found or restored, it could result in permanent loss of data.

 

What can you do to help protect your business? Read our report.

To mitigate the risks inherent to today’s email, your business must embrace a “New Standard” that requires high reliability, high security and intellectual property protection.  Does your business meet the standard?

Check out our recent web report that discusses the new standard of business email. You’ll learn how the various component of the new standard work together to help protect your business against the risks discussed here.

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Best Practices for using email archiving to eliminate PST and Mailbox Quota Headaches, Gartner 2012.

About Michelle Couture

Michelle Couture is the Sr. Product Marketing Manager for business email and security products at Intermedia.