Email Encryption Best Practices

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Email continues to be the lifeblood of organizations today. With changes to legislation and the increased attention on data breaches now is the time to revisit your email solution and policies to improve the security of the information that flows through it – both inbound and outbound.

While it has been commonplace to have antivirus scanning and anti-spam on the incoming email stream for many years, organizations are now improving security around outbound email, through the increased use of encryption and deployment of data loss prevention (DLP) solutions. The reason for this is two-fold; the first is understanding the benefits and differences of the myriad of options available. The second is around the cost and ease of use for the solutions. In the past, both encryption and DLP solutions have been notoriously difficult to configure and maintain, making them only options for larger organizations with specialist IT skills.

Today’s solutions to make email secure have become increasingly sophisticated but hide the complexity and the management costs. And yet, there is no silver bullet. Choices have to be made. The real answer is that different solutions are needed at different times and the decision as to which is needed needs to be made automatically - based on the recipient and the information being communicated.