Why Your Business Needs Email Encryption

Why Your Business Needs Email Encryption

Information and data stored in your emails is highly sought after by cyber-criminals. The defensive measures in place by your email services, like Gmail or Outlook, tend to not be strong enough to stop the most persistent of hackers from reading your emails.

It’s no surprise then that email encryption services play a big role in cyber security as a whole.

Encrypted vs Unencrypted Emails

When you use unencrypted email, it’s possible for third party users to access the email content. In other words, you could potentially be exposing important information.

Depending on the industry you’re in, you could also be violating data privacy regulations by sending unencrypted emails.

Sending an unencrypted email with important information is like sending traditional mail with confidential information written on the outside of the envelope. To see this information, all you need to do is look for it. There is nothing protecting it.

In contrast, when your email is encrypted, it’s close to impossible for somebody to read the content because they don’t have the decryption key.

Email encryption also stops spam messages or malware from being spread with your name.

How Does Email Encryption Work

You can digitally sign your emails with an email certificate with the help of an IT services provider in CT. This allows the recipient to verify that the message is legitimate, and keeps the content of the email secure.

The typical method for email encryption uses Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). PKI works through the interaction of public and private keys. You keep the private key for yourself—you give out the public key to others. People that have the public key can use it to encrypt their messages sent to you. However, you’re the only person who can decrypt and read the messages. That’s because the private key, which only you have a hold of, is necessary to decrypt the messages.

In order to make usage of PKI, you should encrypt all your messages—not just the ones with important, or confidential, information. This throws a smokescreen over all of your emails, so hackers won’t know which emails are worth decrypting. In addition, this is the reasoning behind why companies use infrastructure-wide email encryption. And you should use it, as well.

Does your business need email encryption?

CorCystems can help implement email encryption for your organization. Our team of data security experts has successfully helped dozens of businesses in Connecticut and New York. To learn more about the solutions we use, reach out to us at (203) 431-1341.