Email security: 5 best practices

January 31, 2024
Access Tech: Despite increasing cyberattack sophistication, email remains a primary entry point, making robust email protection crucial. Read about the 5 best practices when it comes to email security.

Traditional email gateways leave companies vulnerable to more advanced threats. When it comes to selecting an email security solution, organizations should look for one that reflects these five industry standards: 

The solution should evolve with the changing threat landscape. 

Cyber threats continue to grow both in number and complexity. A solution built to respond to last year’s threats will be next to useless in a few months. Organizations need a system that combines traditional gateways with other technologies, such as Zero-Trust Access or artificial intelligence (AI), to identify and stop more complex attacks.  

It should be easy to deploy and manage while providing comprehensive protection 

Cloud-based email solutions can be up and running in minutes. These solutions are frequently updated (to keep up with new threats) and provide a multi-layered protection approach. 

The email security solution should include incident response capabilities 

Automated incident response is essential to ensure the solution can quickly isolate potential attacks before they spread. The solution should integrate with SIEM or SOAR platforms and provide access to Extended Detection and Response (XDR) capabilities. By leveraging this solution, organizations can provide robust security without investing in additional staffing to monitor activity. 

It should enable compliance enforcement 

Email security is increasingly a compliance issue across industries. Companies that operate within sensitive sectors like banking and healthcare need to keep accurate records regarding attacks and breaches and demonstrate due diligence when securing communications.  

The solution should provide cloud backup, sensitive data inspection, and audit-friendly documentation 

Cloud-native backup is another key to ensure quick recovery and restore data to its original state in case of a malware/ransomware attack. The solution should offer detailed logs and reports for compliance auditing, post-incident analysis, and real-time visualization to help identify problem areas.  

Cyberattacks are more sophisticated than ever, but most still rely on email to enter vulnerable networks. Robust email protection can use pre-filtering to stop most threats before they reach the network perimeter while ensuring the availability of email and other systems. Access Tech has been helping organizations for other 13 years to defend their data. Contact us today to evaluate the security of your emails.  

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