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Three Reasons Why All SMBs Should Encrypt Their Email

Three Reasons Why All SMBs Should Encrypt Their Email

April 11, 2024

Encryption is a powerful tool that any business can use to beef up its security infrastructure. While it’s often discussed in the context of virtual private networks, it’s also a key component in keeping any email solution secure. Why is encryption such a valuable security measure for email, and why is it considered non-negotiable for businesses of all kinds? Let’s take a closer look.

Before we dive in, it’s worth offering a broad overview of encryption. At its core, encryption is a protocol that secures data by scrambling it into unreadable data. In order to make sense of it, the data must be decrypted using a “key.” This key will be found on your users’ devices or accounts, granting them access to the data, but only because you have allowed it. As you can imagine, this technology is also crucial to securing email transmissions.

Secure Your Sensitive or Personal Information

How often do you share sensitive or personal information with your customers or clients over email? Chances are, more often than you would prefer, which is why encryption is so important. If the messages are intercepted, for example, you could potentially be looking at a data breach, and that’s no good for anyone. Encrypting sensitive messages ensures that only the intended recipient can view the contents of the message.

Make Sure You Remain Compliant

Several compliance and regulation laws require businesses to encrypt their communications for secure sending. Some of these include HIPAA, GDPR, and PCI. These regulations mandate encryption not only during transit but also while in storage. Failing to adhere to these strict guidelines could result in steep fines and loss of capital. Really, there’s no reason not to adhere to these guidelines, as properly securing communications should be considered an act of good faith on your business’ part.

Build Your Trust and Reputation

Encryption is a good idea for email messages. It signals to the recipient and sender that they can trust you with not only what they send you but also what you send them. If you can foster a reputation of trustworthiness with your clients, partners, and stakeholders, then you’ll be well on your way toward maximizing profitable opportunities with them in the future.

Is Your Email Encrypted?

An encrypted email solution is not only a major benefit to any business—it is essential. We recommend working with First Column IT to get started with a powerful email solution that supports your business’ dedication to security and privacy. Learn more by calling us at (571) 470-5594.

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