Securing Email is Idea to Bank On
These are dangerous times for electronic communications. Daily we read of successful cyber-attacks that have breached preventative measures such as firewalls and anti-virus software. For a financial services company, a breach compromising confidential client information is also a reputational breach compromising bonds of trust built over many years with clients.
A recent attack on the New York Times reveals the extent to which organizations are vulnerable. There is actually good news in this article. The term over which the New York Times was attacked was short: four months. Many attacked organizations will go years before learning their security has been compromised. Many will remain unaware.
If you can’t control the copies, you cannot secure communications. Each copy becomes another potential source which could be breached. If you want to protect a message or document, you put it in a safe place and you prevent copies from being made. Unfortunately, conventional email by design does exactly the opposite.
After hitting Send, within seconds, copies are made and forwarded to servers, desktops and mobile devices. The recipient is free to make unauthorized copies and can forward to anyone with a valid email address without the sender’s knowledge or consent.