Tips on How To Use the Cloud to Protect Your Company from Harmful email security threats

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21 January 2013, Zurich Switzerland: Abusive email content, including Spam, Phishing, Malware and Viruses continues to increase, with more than 90% of all email traffic classified as junk.

To any business, small, big or massive, the cost of transporting this junk data is significant, and a waste of precious time and resource. The costs of equipment, IT management and business disruption caused by the presence of junk mail within the network are a real drag on budgets and operations that Cloud solutions can mitigate.

IT managers across the globe have been searching for innovative solutions to protect the corporate mail servers from this abusive content, and have found the most cost effective way is to stop abusive mail content from entering their networks in the first place. With Cloud services becoming so predominant in IT strategy; Cloud based email filtering is now taking the lead as email is a business critical application that can leverage the economics of Cloud technology immediately.

Cloud based email security can show rapid returns in savings by simply eliminating significant amounts of employee’s time across the entire enterprise. Plus, the technology can provide additional features such as disaster recovery and archival that are best run outside the corporate network for redundancy.

Register for the executive briefing now, to learn the tips on how to use Cloud email filtering to protect your business from the exponential growth of email-borne threats. As an added bonus, all attendees will receive a 2 months free Cloud based email filtering to trial. Click here to register now http://azurecoast.com/briefing/

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Analyst agrees there’s life yet in email, but beware of security

Osterman Research: "making email interesting again" life left in email, but beware of security

A recent post from Osterman Research talks about how email is far from dead in the pan, and we agree.

Despite the rise of importance of texting (SMS) and social media in our daily communications, email still plays a hugely significant role. Whether it’s confirming a new online account, part of an online purchase or delivery of a business proposal, legal document or banking instruction, email simply will not go away.

However, the abuse of email is also on the rise, and the more critical functions email is being used to fill, the more opportunity there is for cyber criminals or cyber vandals to cause damage – from annoying advertising SPAM to coordinated criminal activities such as spear phishing campaigns and the deployment of ransomeware trojans.

There are many ways to improve email security from fundamental changes to the way email works, to multilayered security like that being used across many industries and governments to protect against potential cyber warfare attacks.

At AzureCoast we have decades of experience in email technologies. Today we work with service providers, banks and governments to advise them on how best to mitigate email security risks, with a multilayered approach to cyber security.

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Read the Osterman Research article here: http://ostermanresearch.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/making-email-interesting-again/

 

Securing BYOD in the Enterprise Cloud

Let’s not kid ourselves, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has been an issue for enterprises for a while, but historically it was easy to dismiss and control through Employee T&Cs or Codes of Conduct, i.e. “Personal devices are not authorised for use in this company“. That was ok when all the execs has corporate Blackberry’s and those who really, really needed access from home were given RSA key fobs and VPNs.

But now execs are migrating from Blackberry as fast as Canada’s butterflies, so suddenly the attitude to BYOD has shifted and the IT departments are left wondering how to manage all those pesky iPads that their management are insisting on using.

In this article they talk about Securing BYOD in the Enterprise Cloud, however one thing seems to be missing entirely – how to secure email across all these devices – and seeing as email is still the most widely used communication tool in the enterprise, one that continues to hit the news for leaked, lost and hacked data, it seems to be quite an omission.

[image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”212″ title=”HardMail – Securing BYOD email with SMIME Key and Certificate Management” align=”right” icon=”zoom” width=”160″ autoHeight=”true” link=”http://www.azurecoast.com/products/hardmail-encryption-key-manager/” linkTarget=”_self” quality=”95″]AzureCoast have an answer to this, and it is actually quite simple. Head on over to our HardMail product to find out more.

The Data Privacy Question

is there a need and solution for secure communications?

The lack of concern about security and data privacy is pandemic. Worse still, as this article describes, it shows no real sign of improving on a wide scale any time soon:

It’s not just that the loss of privacy is a cost of doing business. It’s that we’ve become so lazy, so complacent, that we can’t even muster the energy to realize what we have given up. […] Here’s another possibility. Ours has become a trust-based community. Read the full article here ››

It seems that our societies continue to surrender claims to private communications or privacy in the search for better personal security or getting something for nothing. But is this justified or even realistic?

There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Many of us were brought up with this ideal. That you get what you pay for, and free just means that you are paying for it some other way that you have not yet discovered. Whether we give up our privacy to get something for free, or because we are told it is “for our safety”, in a general sense this trend will continue.

However, there is a rapidly growing market for secure communications. AzureCoast see this growth across many sectors, including academic institutions, government agencies, banking and financial, research and development, military and security services, and many others.

These security conscious industries demand high levels of security and privacy in their communications and more are demanding their data be stored locally, within Europe or their home nations.

For service providers and telecom operators serious about providing secure services to major organisations there is both an opportunity and a solution. AzureCoast HardMail is a secure and encrypted email and digital communications service designed to enable service providers to deliver hardened, secured communications to a customers who demands the highest levels of data security and privacy.

Contact AzureCoast today to find out how to trial HardMail.

The Patriot Act: Inhibiting Cloud Adoption In Europe?

The Patriot Act Inhibiting Cloud Adoption In Europe from SecureCloudReview.com

Interesting comments from a USA citizen about the European perception of cloud computing and the Patriot Act.

Frankly, being from the US, I always assumed that US companies and especially US Government agencies wanted their data stored in US based clouds. It would seem that many outside the US have very different feelings about storing in the US. Read more here »

In his article he quotes a presentation and comments from Juergen Urbanski of Deutsche Telekom’s T-Systems, discussing the length that European customers will go to to keep their data out of the USA and USA Cloud providers.

The point they both seem to be converging on is that even if the fear of the Patriot Act is overblown, the reality is that there is a demand for secure European cloud services.

Data Sovereignty & Security still a major issue for cloud adoption

Security continues to be an obstacle to cloud adoption

In a recent article from GigaOm discussing the findings of a 2012 Future of Cloud Survey, security and data sovereignty were still cited as a major obstacle to Cloud adoption.

Security concerns still hamper cloud adoption with 55 percent of respondents citing concerns over cloud security. More here »

The issue of security will not go away, and whilst the Patriot Act continues to get so much media attention, consumers and enterprises are still raising questions about where their data is stored and who can have access to it. Obviously, there are many vendors, providers and governments that are unhappy with this negative coverage and they have engaged in several campaigns labelling this simply as Fear Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD).

FUD or not, the issue is here, and those carriers and service providers willing to capitalise on the opportunity will find themselves in stronger positions against those who are not.

AzureCoast’s HardMail is designed for service providers, telecom operators and enterprises who value security and data privacy. As a service provider, HardMail enables you to deliver in-country secure and encrypted communication services to security conscious consumers, businesses and governments. Find out more about HardMail here »