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What is email security?

Email security describes a range of tools and techniques used to keep sensitive information secure against loss or unauthorised access.  You might be familiar with common email security tools such as anti-virus, anti-malware and anti-spam hopefully, you are already using some of these products.

User awareness and training should form a considerable part of every robust email security offering. Our team of security experts can implement email security policies and assist with user training to help staff spot and thwart potential threats as they enter the inbox.

Why you need email security

Email is one of the most widely used forms of electronic communication in business. The popularity of email also makes it one of the most significant attack vectors for online criminals. Your inbox is a potential playground for cybercriminals looking to exploit your network with spam, malware, phishing attacks, ransomware and more.

It is vitally important for your organisation, regardless of size to invest in a robust email security strategy to stop criminals from tricking users into divulging sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and even bank account details.

Email security benefits

  • Reduces risks of malware
  • Increases productivity
  • Reduces email management time

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Cybersecurity Framework

1 – Identify – The ‘identify’ phase covers the information security governance, business processes, asset management, risk management and allows the company to assess its cyber risk prior to an attack in order to allow planning for all phases to take place.  This phase should always be revisited after an attack has occurred as it serves to prevent another attack of the same kind.

2 – Protect – The ‘protect’ phase is designed to actively prevent an attack from being successful. This stage consists of a GDPR “Technical Measures” requirement and may also contain “Organisational Measures” designed to prevent a successful attack.  The measures are a direct result of your information risk assessment created under the “Identify” phase.

3 – Detect – The ‘detect’ phase provides methods to detect a successful attack.  A company cannot assume an attacker will always be thwarted and the “Detect” phase ensures that should any of the protective measures fail – the company can detect and respond (Phase 4) to a breach at the earliest opportunity.

4 – Respond – The ‘respond’ phase details the company’s response to a successful attack – one which may have been detected by the measures in the “Detect phase” or by other means – such as a third party informing the company.  The respond phase is considered critical in organisational cybersecurity planning as it defines the actions needed to stop the attack and move into the recovery phase.

5 – Recover – Once the cyber-attack has been stopped and prevented from causing further damage, recovery work must be undertaken to restore services to business as usual.  The recovery phase will also include feedback into the “identify” phase to assess how to prevent a similar attack from being successful in future.

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