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With its recent prominence in the media and the heated controversy surrounding it, chances are you’re familiar with encryption -- but are you aware of the critical role it plays in securing business email accounts and protecting sensitive information?

With email-borne threats evolving to become increasingly sophisticated and problematic for businesses, creating and implementing an effective enterprise level best practices for email security has never been more important. Ninety percent of cyberattacks are now carried out via email, and successful attacks cost enterprises over $1 million per incident on average. Inadequately secured enterprise email is an open door for spear phishing, ransomware and other advanced exploits. Email safety best practices are more important than ever. 

Digital threats are evolving to become increasingly sophisticated and difficult to detect, and organizations have more to lose with an ineffective business email security strategy than ever before. Despite the money and resources that companies are investing in securing their email accounts, attackers’ campaigns are still succeeding. Superior protection is clearly needed to effectively combat modern email threats.

If you’ve been keeping up with recent security news, you are most likely aware of the heated worldwide debate about encryption that is currently underway. Strong encryption is imperative to securing sensitive data and protecting individuals’ privacy online, yet governments around the world refuse to recognize this, and are continually aiming to break encryption in an effort to increase the power of their law enforcement agencies. 

When assessing email risk and considering a business email security strategy, it is common for administrators and IT professionals to focus on the threat that outsiders pose to an organization. While this is a valid concern, the fatal mistake that is made far too frequently is failure to address the critical role that employees play in attacks and breaches. 

As 2020 approaches, email attacks are more prevalent and sophisticated than ever before. Threat actors recognize that email is the preferred method for confidential business communications, as well as an essential asset that organizations cannot afford lose access to for even a day. It comes as no surprise that, according to Verizon, 90% of cyber attacks are initiated via email.

As Open Source has become increasingly mainstream and widely accepted for its numerous benefits, the use of Linux as a flexible, transparent and highly secure operating system has also increasingly become a prominent choice among corporations, educational institutions and government sectors alike. With national security concerns at an all time high heading into 2020, it appears that the implementation of Linux could effectively meet the United States government’s critical security needs for application development and installations.

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