Stop me if you’ve heard this one: my first week at Mimecast went so well that my manager sent me to Indianapolis for the state’s presidential primary.
Full disclosure: Indiana’s presidential primary happened to coincide with the 2016 Midsize Enterprise Summit (MES) East. MES East is The Channel Company’s largest-ever independent gathering of midmarket CIOs and senior executives, and a great opportunity to catch up on new market developments, services, and products.
We’re big fans of MES events (we’ll be at MES West in Austin this September), both as a vehicle to learn what IT executives are focusing on, and to share our updates with them. So while there was plenty of side chatter about the race for the White House, at no point did it distract from the urgent business matters at hand.
This year’s theme, “The Big Shift,” was well suited to the discussions Julian Martin, Mimecast’s VP of Product Marketing, led in our Boardroom Sessions. Why? Because companies are now faced with an unprecedented mix of reward and risk as they migrate to the cloud. And, we seem to have reached a critical inflection point in that migration.
The vast majority of execs we met are committed to their cloud transformations. We heard the same goals over and over again: to streamline operations, shift from capex to opex, and improve scale and agility. But, they tell us, it’s no cakewalk. Our Boardroom and expo booth guests shared plenty of war stories, many related to email.
Email is usually the first platform organizations move into the cloud. It’s the business application that IT departments are most comfortable relegating to a third party to maintain. Yet it’s also the ultimate Killer App, a vital conduit – and repository – for business-critical and strategic information. Whether cloud-based or on premises, email data is crucial for closing sales, negotiating, and brainstorming.
It’s no wonder that email has also emerged as the single biggest threat vector for attacks on corporate information.
This was the central message of Julian’s Boardroom Sessions: it’s just as important to deploy a layered security solution for cloud-based email as it is when your email servers are in your data center. Cybercriminals have demonstrated boundless creativity in their efforts to exploit technology and human nature to breach corporate firewalls, access sensitive data, and steal billions of dollars. Even as email attacks appear with alarming frequency in news headlines, these exploits continue to grow bolder and more numerous over time.
The good news is that our guests were completely on board with Julian’s message. Several IT execs recounted their own personal experiences of phishing, whaling, and impersonation attacks. If you were among them, we thank you for validating our observations. And, special thanks to Mimecast’s customers who were willing to share your ideas, your views on how our services have helped secure your operations, and what you’d like to see on our roadmap over the coming months.
Finally, a huge note of thanks for nominating Mimecast in the Vendor Best in Show and Best Solution categories! We were blown away by your recognition, and grateful for all of the feedback you provided. We’re excited that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders weren’t the only winning candidates in Indiana last week.
We hope you can join us this coming Fall in Austin for MES West. Until then, if you want to stay abreast of email security happenings, please visit our Security Center and sign up to receive our Security Advisories.