Email Protection Service Configuration

Email protection service configuration is crucial for all groups that are trying to fight the constant threat posed by spam email campaigns, phishing and malware.

There are many different ways that spam can infiltrate your servers. Along with email attacks there is also the chance that a virus could land on your network via an infected device that an employee is unaware includes spam. These devices are typically used outside of work and may have been infected on a unsecure network. These types of infection need to be spotted and removed before they are inadvertently sent to important business contacts.

There is also the danger that someone in your organization could share their email login details, resulting in a spammer taking over management of their account. If this occurs the chances that a Business Email Compromise (BEC) attack is initiated via that email account are very high. The likelihood is even greater that they will aim the attack on one of your trusted business contacts, something that would greatly hamper your hard earned reputation.

It is highly probably that your domain has been whitelisted for the email security solutions put in place by your trusted business contacts. This means that, once in control of one of your company email addresses, the spammer will be able to bypass all of their security measures. Worse again, if the email is detected and marked as spam there is a strong chance that your domain will then be added to a global spam blacklist. This would result in important business email not making it to their intended recipients.

The best thing that your group can do to stop this from happening is to configure and email protection service that boasts an excellent spam detection rate using greylisting. This process involves sending all received emails back to the sending email server with a request for the email to be sent again. Genuine senders will normally send the mail again in a matter of seconds while spammers, with their overloaded busy email servers, do not see the request and fail to send it a second time.

This process of first rejecting received incoming emails, and carrying out standard checks on returned mails, the threat of spam emails originating from new and recognized sources of spam bypassing your security measures. These measures have been proven to result in a reduction of spam to the tune of 67% on average.

Should it happen that a spammer spots the email and sends it again then the other cybersecurity measures of the recipient kick in. This email will, as all others will, be check to make sure.

that it is genuine and does not contain anything malicious. The checking processes include Real Time Blacklist checks and SURBL database checks to identify any IP addresses associated with cyberattacks. There are also recipient verification reviews to discover if emails are being sent to actual in-use email addresses. Finally there are HELO tests to counteract the threat of spoofed emails.