How to make email safe for business

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When it comes to business communication, email is still king. Cybercriminals are aware of this fact, and they’re constantly perfecting their attacks to successfully evade the built-in security defenses of Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace.

In this interview with Help Net Security, Dave Wreski, CEO at Guardian Digital, talks about modern email threats and offers protection advice for organizations.

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Email is still the most used communication tool for modern businesses. With so many other options available, why are businesses not switching?

For over two decades, email has played a central role in business communications – a trend that has been magnified with the recent increase in remote workers due to the pandemic. Powered by the same open standards and protocols that power the Internet itself and protected with strong end-to-end encryption, email is a highly secure method of sharing confidential business information over the Internet. Email communications are virtually instantaneous, fostering rapid problem solving and helping to streamline business processes.

That being said, in order for data in transit to remain private and confidential, email must be set up and configured securely. For instance, using and enforcing the use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption plays a critical role in protecting sensitive data in transit.

Implementing a comprehensive, fully supported email security solution is the best way of ensuring proper email setup and configuration and securing critical information shared over email with layered encryption standards and protocols including SPF, DMARC and DKIM.

Despite its importance, email remains poorly protected. Why is that the case? What should companies do to protect themselves?

Yes- this is a highly concerning trend that is leaving many businesses’ critical data and hard-earned reputations at risk of compromise in an attack or a breach daily. The majority of modern cyber risk is email risk, with over 90% of cyberattacks beginning with a phishing email, yet too many businesses still fail to recognize the universal risk associated with inadequately securing email infrastructure.

Many companies believe they are too small to be…