Finding an organization that doesn’t use email in some way would be next to impossible. It’s one of the easiest ways for businesses to communicate both internally and externally. But there is one thing that too many organizations fail to consider when using it to send confidential data.
Is email secure enough?
In short, email is not secure when it comes to sensitive, private data. We’ll dive into why it isn’t appropriate to use for certain data sharing and some available solutions for securely communicating your confidential information.
What are the Pitfalls of Email?
Did you know that even faxing private business information is more trustworthy than sending it through email? Here are a few reasons why you should think twice before sending your employees’ private information through email.
Email Passes Through Multiple Locations
Once you hit the send button on an email, it doesn’t go directly to the recipient’s inbox. Although it arrives in a matter of seconds, your email is actually bouncing from server to server and passing through virus checkers, firewalls and more
This extended journey gives hackers multiple unprotected entry points. Your email servers can continue to store old emails even after they’ve been deleted, so they’re not safe either.
Encryption means that the message is scrambled as it bounces through servers and only the recipient and sender can unscramble it. One way to ensure that a message cannot be accessed by unauthorized parties is by encrypting the message.
Unfortunately, emails are regularly written in plain text without any type of encryption to stop them from being intercepted.
Prone to Phishing Attempts
Your IT team has probably emphasized the importance of recognizing phishing enough times. While you may be confident that you won’t fall for them, you don’t know how convincing they’ll look to the rest of your business.
The entire organization can be the target. If even just one person falls for it, their entire account can be compromised, giving an unwanted party access to their entire email account.
If they have any sensitive information stored in their email (including emails in the deleted folder), there could be drastic consequences.
No Control Over Sent Emails
While you might be doing everything right to ensure the confidentiality of your emails, you have no control over what happens to them once they hit the recipient’s inbox.
Whether it’s intentional or not, the recipient can save or forward any kind of confidential business information. You won’t have any idea who may have newfound access to your business’s most important financial data anymore.
The Solution to Your Email Security Woes
There are a few options to help you combat the danger of insecure emails. Using an encrypted email service or a document management solution are two options that can simplify your private information sharing.
Encrypted Emails, Guaranteed
To stop the biggest problem of emails getting intercepted, you can utilize an email encryption service.
This will scramble and unscramble the messages so they can only be accessed through the service’s portal. The sender and recipient will both have unique login credentials to read the encrypted emails completely separate from their everyday email login.
One downside to using this solution is that it can be technical and confusing. Users have to remember when to use the encryption service and when to use their everyday email account. It can take longer for them to locate an email between the two services and is more challenging to use overall.
Take Your Users to a Secure Sharing Portal Instead
The beauty of document management is that it allows users to share sensitive information completely separate from email. Instead of sending written communications through multiple servers to the recipient, you can bring them to the secure platform where they can access the document.
This secure sharing platform will offer access to those in and out of your organization. All they’ll need is an invitation to view it.
Document management is the best way to securely share your confidential information because you can customize it in the way that works best for your organization. Here are a few ways you can make it work for you.
- Access that expires after a certain period of time
- Role-based access
- Options to allow a user to view, edit, or download the document
- Revoke access at any moment
- View who has accessed each document
- Protect all documents with 256-bit AES (Bank-level encryption)
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