What is Email Security?

Small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face numerous vulnerabilities when they ignore email security protocols. Here we list some top email security issues, and what your business can do to stay protected.

Email security is the term for any procedure that protects email content and accounts against unauthorized access. Email service providers have email security measures in place to secure client accounts and information from hackers.

Such measures include email servers with strong password and access control mechanisms; encrypted email messages (both inboxed or in transit); web application firewalls; and spam filtering software.
Email is popular with hackers as a tool for spreading malware, spam, and phishing attacks. They use deceptive messages to trick recipients into sharing sensitive information, resulting in identity theft. They lure people into opening attachments or clicking hyperlinks that install malware (such as email viruses) on the user’s device. Email is also the main entry point for attackers looking to access an enterprise network and breach valuable company data.

Why Email Security?

1. Stop ransomware and other threats

Forcepoint Email Security uses the Advanced Classification Engine (ACE) to identify threats ranging from annoying spam to advanced malware, phishing, and Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks.

2. Block data theft with content-aware DLP

Advanced capabilities detect data theft concealed in images or custom-encrypted files, even when gradually transmitted in small amounts to evade detection.

3. Identify high-risk user behavior

The rich data collection capability can quickly generate a report on Indicators of Compromise to identify infected systems and suspicious user behavior.

Features of Email Security

  • Control device access to email attachments

    Prevent total access to sensitive email attachments on vulnerable unmanaged devices (BYOD) while permitting full access to secure managed devices.

  • Ensure confidentiality of sensitive communications

    Enable secure delivery of email communications with Forcepoint Email Encryption that eliminates the traditional barriers of cost and complexity by offering easy administration, without key management or additional hardware.

  • Identify explicit images to enforce acceptable use

    Virtue IT Services Image Analysis Module allows employers to proactively monitor, educate, and enforce company email policy for explicit or pornographic image attachments.

  • Spam and phishing protection

    Detect unwanted spam and unsafe phishing emails, allowing customers to block, quarantine, or take other actions.

Email Security advantage

  • Real-time threat protection

    Real-time threat protection uses a unique blend of detection technologies, including machine learning, sandboxing, and predictive analytics to effectively stop advanced threats such as ransomware.

  • Protection against highly evasive zero-day threats

    Get advanced malware detection (sandboxing) with our full system emulation sandbox. Deep content inspection reveals highly evasive zero-day threat with no false positives.

  • Powerful encryption for additional protection

    Encrypt sensitive email conversations and enhance mobile security by controlling sensitive attachments access by device.

  • Incident risk ranking to find the greatest risks

    Incidents are correlated across multiple events to identify true cumulative risk trends and activity. A risk score is included to help security teams identify the greatest risks based on real-time activity.

  • Integrated data loss prevention

    Integrated industry-leading data loss prevention stops data infiltration and exfiltration capabilities.

  • Unique phishing education feature

    Use Forcepoint Email Security’s unique phishing education features to help users adopt best practices and identify those who need additional training to improve their security awareness.

  • Complete out-of-the-box solution

    Forcepoint Email Security includes DLP, URL wrapping, and other capabilities that are considered premium “add-ons” or upgrades by many competitors, delivering the most comprehensive inbound and outbound defenses out of the box.

  • Deployment flexibility

    How you deploy our email security solution is up to you. Choose from a range of physical and virtual appliances to leverage existing hardware, cloud deployment, or hybrid environments.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does email security work?

With end-to-end email encryption, the data is encrypted on the sender’s system. Only the intended recipient will be able to decrypt and read it. Nobody in between can read the message or tamper with it. End-to-end email encryption provides the highest level of confidentiality and protection to your email communication.

Different Types Of Email Security Solutions?

  • Spam Filters.
  • Anti-virus Protection.
  • Image & Content Control.
  • Data Encryption.

What are email attacks?

Email Attack Definition. An email attack occurs when email is used as an attempt to cause damage or harm to either an individual or an organization. Although the mechanisms of email-based attacks vary, the objective is almost always the same: steal money or data.

Why do we need email security?

Email encryption protects confidential information such as your credit card number, banking account number, social security number etc. In case your mail is not encrypted some wrong elements can make use of your personal information for their ulterior motives.

What are email security issues?

Some of the most common email security threats are: malware. spam and phishing. social engineering.

How can email harm you?

One harmful effect of email is the ease at which it can be mis-used in ways such as spamming. Spamming can harm communication by clouding worthy communication with a vast amount of unwanted communication.