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Email Security Services (ESS): Enterprise 2023 Q1

Does it matter if your company is hacked?

Does it matter if your company is hacked?

And why are some businesses overconfident that they are secure?

A true story: There was a team manager, a head of IT and a chief financial officer. I asked each if they considered their network to be secure, hacked or in some other state. The ex-military team manager was supremely confident that the secure network was, as its optimistic name suggested, secure. The IT manager said, “I don’t know,” and the CFO said, “I don’t know, and does it matter?” Does it matter if your company is hacked?!

It does matter, because when businesses are compromised it affects their ability to perform their main function: to make money.

Our reports help you choose the best enterprise and SMB security products that can protect your organisation from ransomware and other types of attacks.

Email Security Services (ESS) test: Enterprise and SMB test explained

This test examined the effectiveness of five email security solutions. Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Google Workspace Enterprise are commercial email platforms. Trellix Email Security, WithSecure Email Security and Mailcow Open Source solution are third-party ‘add-on’ services designed to provide additional security. Of the ‘add-ons’, the services from Trellix and WithSecure are commercial, while Mailcow’s is open-source.

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Does it matter if your company is hacked?

There are a couple of common reasons why people don’t think their organisations will be hacked. Firstly, they think that their security is the best. Secondly, they don’t think they are a worthy target. But all businesses are targets because they are designed to make money. And if they cannot operate, they can’t perform their main function – making money.

Hackers know this and extort money from victims by stealing their data and threatening to release it to the public, exposing victims to large regulatory fines and litigation. And, of course, there’s the embarrassment factor of looking amateur. Hackers can also encrypt data on business systems, paralysing companies until they pay up.

We pride ourselves on a level of transparency that elevates our work above the less open reports available. But don’t just take our word for it. Our results help vendors improve their products and buyers choose the best for their own needs.

Read this SE Labs assessment of world-leading email security products and discover how they handle well-known threats and targeted attacks.

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