Email remains one of the most widely used and convenient forms of communication in today’s business environment, but as cybersecurity threats continue to increase in severity and frequency, it is important for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) to understand the variety of email related services available to them and how they are most effectively implemented. Email encryption is definitely a hot topic in the world of email privacy, but it isn’t a one size fits all solution to protecting electronic communication.
Specifically, email encryption allows the sender to scramble the contents of their communications such that only those with a key can decrypt it. This helps ensure that only the intended recipient(s) have the ability to read particular emails. But even though email encryption does provide a secure means by which to send sensitive information such as trade secrets, legal documents, and other confidential or classified matters, it really doesn’t make sense to encrypt all emails all the time.
In fact, unnecessary encryption can make email communication cumbersome and ineffective for everyday use. The best way to maintain the privacy and security of your business emails is to implement a multi-pronged strategy that includes a variety of different protective measures, including: virus protection software, robust network access and user policies, strong password guidelines, and on-demand availability of email encryption technology for sending high value or high risk information over the internet.
At ATB, we know that keeping your business emails safe and secure is critical, but we also understand the importance of keeping processes streamlined. Our team of IT professionals is here to help you evaluate your specific email privacy needs and provide recommendations about which email-related services, including email encryption and other technologies, make the most sense for your business. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation or to learn more.