Make Email Security a Good-Tasting Medicine


Scan any security news site and it’s clear that there’s a neck-and-neck race to keep up with the ever-increasing threat of a security breach. Arguably it is because of these threats that technology has advanced to the state it is at today. Certainly, aside from innovation for the sake of itself, there’s no other reason than as measure against risk that security has become such a key consideration of any business, small or large.

Yet despite this fact, data breaches that could have easily been avoided continue to happen on a daily basis. As Travis Green outlines in his recent Security Week article, “The ‘Executive’ IT Security Problem – Lessons Learned from Hillary Clinton” nowhere is this issue more pressing than when it comes to executives who circumvent protective security measures.

While national security is not at stake for 99.9 percent of companies, the same cannot be said about the profit margins and customer relationships that can be reduced to nothing following a security breach. For the most part businesses know this yet judging by the number of breaches taking place on a daily basis, implementing effective security, it seems, is still like bad-tasting medicine people don’t want to swallow.

So what would make this medicine go down easier? Follows are some of the top misconceptions about email security technology to which we’d like to put an end.

Security is complex and expensive

The complexity and cost of security has literally taken a U-turn because of the Cloud and managed services providers (MSPs). For literally a few dollars a day companies can have solutions like email encryption that protect data and easily integrate with other systems including standard email, data leak prevention (DLP) and archiving. These solutions are designed to suit the most stringent regulatory environments with the same level of security technology used in banking, making them effective for all organizations including those healthcare, financial services, the legal industry and government.

Security is hard to use

Force people to go outside of their comfort zone and all bets are off when it comes to security. However, when security works transparently and simply within the systems people use every day like Office 365, Outlook and Gmail and on every device, people are far more likely to use it. These easy-to-use security tools not only exist, they have been developed specifically to enhance – not usurp – existing solutions. Cirius is one of them.

Security is boring

Frankly, a lot of security is boring and that’s okay as long as it does the job, but there are also elements that we find rather exciting and so do our customers. For example, ensuring email content is protected is one thing, but being able to control what happens to the message even after it has been sent and opened is pretty cool. Features like the ability to stop recipients from replying to or forwarding a message and the ability to recall that message – under every circumstance – make security far more interesting and put control back in the end users’ hands. Greater visibility through real-time event notifications that let the sender know the moment a message is received and opened take the guesswork out of communication.

Ultimately, the only way to keep ahead of the threats is by making security engaging and easy to use for all employees. If your business is using any type of security solution that doesn’t address these two critical factors, then it is quite simply not a good solution.