What is Email Security?

Small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face numerous vulnerabilities when they ignore email security protocols. Here we list some top email security issues, and what your business can do to stay protected.

The Definition of Email Security

Email security is the term for any procedure that protects email content and accounts against unauthorized access. Email service providers have email security measures in place to secure client accounts and information from hackers. 

Such measures include email servers with strong password and access control mechanisms; encrypted email messages (both inboxed or in transit); web application firewalls; and spam filtering software.
Email is popular with hackers as a tool for spreading malware, spam, and phishing attacks. They use deceptive messages to trick recipients into sharing sensitive information, resulting in identity theft. They lure people into opening attachments or clicking hyperlinks that install malware (such as email viruses) on the user’s device. Email is also a main entry point for attackers looking to access an enterprise network and breach valuable company data.

A Final Word

The most important way to protect your SMB from email security is AWARENESS. Everyone in your organization (yes, even the CEO) must be aware of the do’s and don’ts of email security. People must be vigilant about where the email has come from, where the links are leading, and what personal data is being shared. As well, consider security software, including anti-spam and virus-checking software, to make sure employees aren’t exposed to spam email in the first place.