How to keep your email secured from data breaches

How to keep your email secured from data breaches

Email is your primary channel for communicating with clients, vendors and employees. Fast-paced messaging is the lifeblood of most businesses, but email wasn't really designed with any privacy or security in mind.

Email was developed when the internet was used almost entirely for transferring information. There were no casual users, monetized websites, and uninformed businesses to take advantage of, so email wasn't really susceptible to cyberattacks and data breaches.

The problem
Emails are what hackers and scammers most target, so without security measures in place, your business is vulnerable to online attacks, including spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

For instance, since almost anyone can sit at your computer, grab your phone, or swipe through your tablet if they were so inclined, odds are that your email would be sitting right there for them to read.

Recall the report about a former San Francisco-based IT worker who was found guilty of rummaging through the emails found in the computers of top executives, then making illegal stock trades based on the information he discovered.

The solution
Business owners rarely have time to learn the details of how to safeguard their computers and data. But you have to do everything you can to prevent data breaches, so email security should be at the top of your list for keeping the sensitive information in your company email accounts secure against unauthorized access.

USWired offers you email and spam protection solutions to protect your business from email-borne threats and data breaches by managing and filtering all inbound and outbound email traffic.

These solutions can also stop threats before they hit your network by offloading CPU-intensive tasks like an antivirus and Denial of Service filtering to the cloud to ensure threats never reach your network perimeter and won’t slow it down.

The solutions can also protect sensitive data by encrypting your emails, and there are other ways to secure your employees’ email accounts:

  • Engage employees in ongoing security awareness training focusing on email security risks and how to avoid falling victim to phishing attacks.
  • Require employees to use strong passwords, and make periodic password changes mandatory.
  • Utilize email encryption to protect emails’ content and attachments.
  • Implement security best practices for your bring your own device (BYOD) policy if your company allows employees to access corporate email on personal devices.
  • Ensure your webmail applications are able to secure logins and use encryption.
  • Implement scanners and other tools to scan messages and block emails containing malware or other malicious files before they reach your end-users.

How can USWired's email and spam protection solutions help your company identify potential threats in your inboxes? Contact us for more information today.