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Meet the New Standard for Business Email

If your email went down all Monday morning, or if half the messages and attachments in your inbox suddenly disappeared, what kind of impact would that have on your business? How much money would your company lose? How much intellectual property?

I know, I know, that sounds pretty dire. But it’s not as far-fetched as we would all hope. According to recent EMC report, email downtime cost businesses an average of $870,000 in 2015.

What are the threats that could crash your inbox and cost your company money? Here are 5 ways your email could be at risk.

And here’s what you can do to fix them…

Meet the New Standard for business email   

The “New Standard” for business email puts a halt to those 5 risks. To see those benefits, your business must embrace three key changes to your email infrastructure:

1.  It should be hosted by experts in the cloud. More and more businesses are migrating their email from in-house email servers to the cloud. Your email needs to be managed by experts—including engineering specialists who can manage the complexities of cross data-center replication and backup; infrastructure experts who can ensure virtually no downtime; and trusted advisors who can help assist with keeping day-to-day operations running smoothly.

2.  It should be archived in a compliant, tamper-proof repository. Compliant email archiving isn’t just for regulated businesses. When your email is properly archived, your data is stored securely with no ability to delete or modify the messages or attachments.   Additionally, archived emails are indexed so they are easily retrievable and can be presented during eDiscovery, provided as part of an audit trail, or just restored to an active mailbox. With email archiving, your intellectual property is protected and, if necessary, stored in a form that a court of law will recognize.

3.  It should be protected by advanced email security. The built-in protections of the standard email server are no longer enough. You have to protect your users and your business with a number of advanced security technologies, including real-time link scanning (in case a user clicks on a malicious link in a phishing email), inbound and outbound message filtering, and much more.

Do you meet the New Standard?

The New Standard, and let’s underscore the word “standard”, means that at a minimum your business needs to have every single one of these elements.  Does your business meet the “New Standard”?

Review our new web report to learn more about how you can deploy the New Standard of business email. You’ll learn how the various component of the New Standard can help you keep your business safe.


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About Mark Sher

Mark is the Senior Vice President of Unified Communications, Product and Marketing at Intermedia.