The security industry has provided large businesses with effective email security solutions for many years, helping to address their heightened sensitivity to email risk.
Email gateway security solutions have proven particularly effective because they filter inbound and outbound email traffic at the email gateway, thus ensuring that only emails conforming to corporate policy are allowed in and out of the business. Because these solutions remove unwanted email before it reaches the email gateway, they also reduce bandwidth consumption over networks.
Mid-sized businesses historically have been less aggressive toward email security, due to lower perceived risk and a general lack of full-featured solutions suitable to their budgets and environments. Today, however, these companies face a constant barrage of spam, viruses, and other malware that can cause significant business harm—ranging from impaired productivity to lost business and brand damage.
News headlines frequently tout the proliferation of email-based spam and malware. In 2014, two-thirds of all email traffic was spam. For mid-sized businesses, spam and viruses have traditionally been a nuisance and productivity hindrance, so deploying anti-spam and antivirus solutions that could block most of this traffic was considered good enough….