Feeds

Email security: Where are we @?

It's trouble, but we love it anyway

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Reg Guide Email is no longer an option in the business environment. Like many technologies that have grown by individual demand rather than organisational imposition, email crept up on corporations by stealth, becoming an essential tool before anyone cared to notice.

Which is a shame, because it's pretty rubbish really - in security terms, at least. Email is the IT equivalent of the ferret – useful in its place but never quite to be trusted, capable of the unexpected even when treated with respect. Email was invented at a time when computers existed in closed environments, and it has thus far proved itself ill-prepared to cope with the brave, new - yet dangerous - interconnected world.

But still, we use email. We have no choice, because so does everyone else - even to pass messages around the office rather than standing up and asking questions over the tops of partitions.

Of course, email enables a great many things, but equally it needs to be handled with care. It's not just that it can act as a carrier for viruses, Trojans, and other malicious content (malware), there are the issues of unsolicited messages (that can be connected to phishing attacks), unacceptable use (think: sending dodgy images to one's mates), and fraudulent communications, as it is all too easy to set up an email account in someone else's name.

While there are technologies to help protect email from the worst of the threats, we need to co-ordinate such deployments with our own efforts – things like awareness training, and the simplest of protective measures (setting a PIN code on your mobile device, for example), go a long way towards reducing the risks.

If you want to know more take a look at our email security primer, which collates the best of our experience from the field. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)
So nasty no one's even whispering until patch is out
Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'
Fix imminent from Microsoft for Vista, Server 2008, other stuff
US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports
New emphasis on encryption as a weapon?
To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow
While the NSA is tapping your PC, he's tapping ... nevermind
Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar
Michael Daniel wants to kill passwords dead
Put down that shotgun: Wi-Fi's the way to beat Zombies
CreepyDOL sensors can pick walkers from humans with MAC snack attack
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.