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 was to strike, 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.
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?