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Mimecast, the leader in SaaS+ Service with over 2000 international customers, today announced that Sasfin Holdings (JSE: SFN) implemented Mimecast unified email management (UEM)™ across the entire business. Sasfin’s 450 users in five divisions at sites across the country now have more transparent control over their email. This has released key IT staff to focus on the important things, like bullet-proof security and complete email chain of custody over what has become a crucial repository of business documents.
End-user empowerment and offsite archiving are the two most compelling reasons behind Sasfin’s migration from its internally managed mail system to Mimecast.
Mimecast UEM operates as a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering that gives clients complete carrier-class infrastructure without them needing to spend a cent on equipment or software. The increasingly tough regulation of the financial services industry together with growing reliance on e-mail meant that Sasfin had to find a solution that was not only cost-effective, but had absolutely iron-clad compliance for long term archival and day-to-day actual usage.
“Off-site archiving and how it is done affects the chain of custody when working with electronic evidence,” says Garth Wittles, MD of Mimecast South Africa. “Mimecast’s system is compliant with FAIS* requirements. The way the data is stored ensures that the integrity of the mail is retained and that it be can be used as supporting evidence should it be needed. In the financial services industry where the timing of an instruction from a client can mean the difference between a profit and a loss, the integrity of email evidence is vital.”
As well as records retention, Sasfin also has numerous rules for day-to-day email usage, ranging from who can send and receive images to content filtering and file extension limitations. Dawie Olivier, GM of Information Technology at Sasfin Holdings says “What files and which people can and can’t send or receive can become such a political issue, but it’s really about business. Files and attachments chew up bandwidth and certain topics and language are inappropriate for corporate email.”
Mimecast delivers cloud-based email management for Microsoft Exchange, including archiving, continuity and security. By unifying disparate and fragmented email environments into one holistic solution that is always available from the cloud, Mimecast minimizes risk and reduces cost and complexity, while providing total end-to-end control of email. Founded in the United Kingdom in 2003, Mimecast serves approximately 4,000 customers worldwide and has offices in Europe, North America, Africa and the Channel Islands.
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