Managing email security risks

How to manage email security risks and threats

Last updated:April 2019

Editor's note

Love or hate email, employees can't function without it. For that reason alone, email is the perfect platform to deliver a constantly growing number of phishing attacks right into employees' inboxes. Security pros can spend days, months and years mitigating the breaches. But they spend even more time deploying the right tools and the right training to avoid the gut punch of living in reactive mode after a successful attack. Enter this guide-- an essential mix of articles looking at how email security risks can appear with one innocuous click of an email and how to cope with them. Check out how to better manage your email platform and benefit from some best practices our experts have gained through the years.

1Get a grip on email phishing attacks

If you want to serve up threats to your organization quickly and quietly, look no further than your organization's email platform. Yes, email security training happens, and refreshers may occur at regular intervals. But humans are human and the urge to click is so strong. At the same time, hackers are ever-more sophisticated. You need to know what tools and features are essential to deploy to get ahead of the email security risks that phishing attacks create.

2Nail down email security management

Hackers are always a step ahead of even the most vigilant security pros. Even with the latest email security protection strategies, email security management needs to constantly evolve and change. We used to rely on perimeter-based security but now that perimeter has vanished. Security managers can assess the security situation by running ethical phishing studies. But, more than ever, they need to create email security management plans that cover cloud-based email, public Wi-Fi connections, mobile and IoT devices, and include measures to protect data in transit.

3Email security best practices

Email security risks are always front and center in the minds of security pros because email platforms offer hackers a red-carpet entrance to corporate systems. Paying attention to tried-and-true best practices is essential, but user training (and more user training) must always be at the top of the list. Wait --there's more! And you’ll find it when you check out the technical advice in this section and implement the best practices that make sense for your organization.

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