Six Reasons to Consider Hosted Email Security

email2Hosted email security is getting more and more attention in the industry today, as email attacks continue to grow in frequency, and impact. Email is one of the most critical applications on your network, and it is also a favored way attackers seek to compromise your network, whether by malware, phishing or social engineering. Layering your defenses to maximize your protection is prudent, and hosted email security is an easy, effective, and affordable way to improve your security posture. Here are six reasons to consider hosted email security for your organization:

1. Effectiveness

Hosted email security providers have the edge in effectiveness over on-premise solutions. They can run multiple engines easily, without bogging down an email system, since messages pass through on the way to the customer. New signature updates can be instantly deployed to their systems without waiting on a scheduled update, and because they are processing orders of magnitude for more messages than any single customer, they can identify and react to new spam campaigns quicker.

2. Economies of scale

With tons of server capacity and multiple network connections, they can handle much larger volumes of messaging than any customer could, and do not have the single points of failure most SMBs do with a single Internet connection. If your circuit goes down, hosted email security providers can queue up clean messages, delivering them to you as soon as your connection is restored. Because they spread the costs of all that bandwidth and capacity across all the subscribers, they can afford the largest available connections, ensuring that the next spam bot or virus doesn’t choke off legitimate email.

3. Bandwidth savings

Up to 90% of all email is spam, and by blocking all that noise before it ever comes to your border, you save all that bandwidth for things like customers accessing your website, or your users doing their jobs. A circuit that looks fully utilized today may prove to have tons of available capacity once you start filtering out all the spam and infected messages using a hosted email security provider.

4. Storage space savings

Even when your on-premise solution does filter a message, it has to store it somewhere until it is
manually reviewed, or ages out and is deleted. Quarantine folders can grow to the point where they fill the disk of your on-premise solution, but a hosted email security provider has all the space necessary to store quarantined messages.

5. Subscription cost model

Investing in an on-premise solution can be expensive, and require a large up-front investment. Hosted email security providers typically charge by the user on a monthly subscription basis. You pay only for what you use, and there’s seldom any provisioning costs, and never any hardware, software, or licensing fees involved. You can classify your expenditure on email security as an operational expense and easily reallocate the costs to your other departments on a per user basis.

6. Additional services

Hosted email security can be added onto your existing infrastructure as easily as changing an MX record. Look for services that offer free 30-day trials. You won’t have to add any hardware or install any software, and with a short TTL you can change your mind in an instant. But after you see how effective hosted email security is, you’ll be hooked.

All these reasons make it clear that hosted email security is the way to go for any small to medium-sized business.

This guest post was provided by Casper Manes on behalf of GFI Software Ltd. GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. Learn more about the benefits of using hosted email security.

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