Many people don’t realize that the technology that allows us to send emails today can actually trace its origins back to the 1960’s. Back in those days, governmental agencies were experimenting to find ways for computers to send messages back and forth to one another.
By the mid 1990’s, email had become a normal way of life for many individuals and corporations. Today, there are over 4 billion email accounts in operation across the globe. The amount of information that is now sent via email is mind blogging. Many of these communications contain sensitive, financial or other private data that can be used by cyber thieves to commit crimes.
The Case For Secure Messaging Technology
Most people would be horrified if they found that every letter that they mailed through the post office was opened, read and sensitive information was extracted before it was sent on to its final destination. While this kind of practice sounds strange, this is exactly what happens when unprotected email systems are under attack. As technology evolves, the amount of cyber crime committed via email is expected to grow exponentially.
These statistics by industry experts are quite alarming.
- Over 90% of malware is delivered through email systems.
- 56% of IT professionals say that phishing attacks are their primary concern, as it relates to security threats.
- It can take months for many companies to even realize that they have experienced a breach of their email systems.
- Less than 30% of corporations have a dedicated IT security department.
The message is clear. The damage done to email systems by online criminals is only going to get worse as time passes. Individuals and corporations will have to everything they can to protect the privacy of their communications.
Email As A Secure Messenger - Encryption
One of the most effective ways to protect the information that is contained within emails is to put an encryption system in place. Encryption utilizes a scrambling technology, where by email communications are unintelligible unless the scrambling can be overridden by authorized users. Much like the locked door of a warehouse full of valuable merchandise, encryption uses the concept of a key to release the message, so only the sender and receiver can view it. Encryption technology is a very effective way to secure email communications, but it must constantly be upgraded and enhanced in order to protect against new and future threats. Other best practices include not opening emails with generic subject lines, refusing to click on links that cannot be easily authenticated and avoiding communications that insist that immediate action be taken.
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Cyber attacks on email systems have grown very sophisticated over the decades and there is no end in sight. Utilizing a dynamic, ever evolving encryption product is an extremely effective strategy, as well as incorporating a best practices policy into an organization’s daily email activities.
The dedicated team at Gold Comet have many years of industry knowledge and hands on experience in the email security sector. We can help you guard against not only the threats that exist today, but also those that await down the road. Our patented, secure messaging services are designed to protect your information 24/7/365. Contact us today to learn more.
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