What is email scanning?
Email scanning automatically reviews every email message for viruses, malware, and spam. Email scanning also evaluates links and attachments for possible malicious attacks, and looks for suspicious addresses, domains and other signs of email spoofing often used in an impersonation attack.
How does email scanning work?
Email scanning technology is deployed both at your email perimeter and inside it. Email scanning works automatically to look for infected attachments and URLs that seem suspicious, both for emails coming into the organization as well emails internal to the organization. Email scanning uses the latest threat intelligence and corporate content control and DLP policies to block, quarantine or flag email that may contain any number of potential threats.
Stopping threats with email scanning
Organizations today are increasingly turning to email scanning to prevent a wide variety of threats.
Email represents the #1 attack vector for cyber criminals attempting to breach an organization's defenses. It's no wonder why – email is the most widely used application for business communication, and employees can be notoriously naïve when it comes to spotting and avoiding email-borne threats.
With email scanning technology, organizations can automatically review every email message to check for viruses, malware and spam. Even more importantly, scanning solutions can evaluate links and attached files to identify malicious URLs and weaponized attachments that may be part of a ransomware attack. Email scanning services can also look for suspicious addresses, domains and other signs of email spoofing that is often used in an impersonation attack.
Choosing the right email scanning solution is key. With so many other priorities and strategic initiatives to manage, IT administrators need an email scanning technology that is easy to implement and simple to use. That's why so many companies worldwide turn to email security solutions from Mimecast.
Easy-to-use email scanning services from Mimecast
Mimecast provides an all-in-one solution for email security, continuity, archiving, compliance and backup and recovery. Available as a cloud-based subscription service, Mimecast's technology requires no investment in hardware or software and provides easy-to-use tools that can be managed from a single pane of glass, reducing the burden on IT teams.
Mimecast incorporates email scanning into all email security services. Mimecast can scan all inbound, outbound and internal emails, comparing emails to the latest threat intelligence and to corporate content control and DLP policies to block, quarantine or flag email that may contained any number of threats to the organization
Why is outbound email scanning important for businesses?
Outbound email scanning is important for business because malicious actors can be present within your organization. Or, employees are unaware that emails they are sending are infected.
Disgruntled employees with some sort of score to settle have resorted to malicious emails in some cases to damage an organization’s reputation. In many cases, employees unwittingly send out emails unaware that they were infected; hackers count on this to spread malicious code.
Email scanning for a broad range of threats
Mimecast uses email scanning technology to identify:
- Viruses, malware and spam. Mimecast Email Security Gateway scans all inbound email to provide powerful anti-virus and anti-spam protection.
- Malicious URLs and attachments. Mimecast provides URL protection by performing URL analysis on all inbound email to spot potentially malicious links. Mimecast also scours attachments for malicious code and rewrites or sandboxes suspicious documents.
- Social engineering techniques. Mimecast's email scanning technology identifies content that may signify a phishing or spear-phishing attack.
- Ransomware attacks. Mimecast helps to address the threat of ransomware, using email scanning to prevent attacks and email archiving to neutralize the impact of an attack.
- Impersonation attempts. Mimecast scans headers, domains and email body content to identify suspected spoofing attacks.
- Insider threats and data leaks. Mimecast also uses email scanning of outbound and internal email to spot potential leaks and identify potentially malicious activity by people inside the organization.
Learn more about email scanning with Mimecast.