5 Ways Your Email Could Be At Risk

5 Ways Your Email Could Be At Risk

Nearly all businesses rely on email to assist with day-to-day activities. But many businesses haven’t addressed new and seemingly unavoidable vulnerabilities.  If you are running an Exchange server on-premises or if you lack certain email security capabilities, your email could be at risk.

Here are 5 ways your email could be vulnerable:

 

1) Unprotected infrastructures.

For on-premises deployments, physical security needs to be considered because the facilities where servers are located may be vulnerable. Many businesses don’t think about these risks until their offices are burglarized and their email servers are stolen or damaged. It’s especially risky for regulated businesses because this constitutes a data breach that may result in public disclosure and even fines.

 

2) Lack of support.

Today’s standard requires email to be available 24/7/365.  However, most businesses run lean IT departments and lack the ability to offer 24/7 on-call service.  Unfortunately, when nobody is on-call, this can allow bugs to compound and increase in scale, causing critical security issues or costly downtime.

 

3) Natural disasters.

Natural disasters are unavoidable and most businesses lack the ability to protect themselves against local outages or disasters because the necessary solution is extremely complicated to deploy.  As a result, if a disaster was to strike, they are left to deal with costly downtime and lost data.

 

4) Cyber threats.

Cybercrime is on the rise and as criminals use more sophisticated tactics, email administrators need to find new ways to combat these threats.  The trouble is many businesses don’t have the right infrastructure or resources to keep up with the changes in technology. This could result in stolen data, passwords or worse, millions of dollars.

 

5) Lost data.

Nearly half of all email sent and received today offers some business value to an organization.  But what happens if an employee deletes an email?  Or if someone sues the business?  If emails can’t be found or restored, it could result in permanent loss of data.

To mitigate the risks inherent to today’s email, your business must embrace a “New Standard” that requires high reliability, high security and intellectual property protection.  Does your business meet the standard?

The “New Standard” For Business Email

The “New Standard” For Business Email

The ecosystem around email has changed significantly and dramatically in just the last couple of years. Huge new business risks have come to the forefront.  (if you don’t know what those risks are, read our first post of this series 5 ways your email could be at risk.

Today, there’s a “New Standard” for business email—one that requires servers to protect your business against everything from phishing attacks to legal challenges to the risks of an unpredictable climate.  To mitigate these risks, your business must embrace these three key changes to your email infrastructure:

 1. It should be hosted by experts in the cloud.

For all the reasons listed above, more and more businesses are migrating their email from in-house email servers to the cloud. Your email needs to be managed by experts—including engineering specialists who can manage the complexities of cross data-center replication and backup; infrastructure experts who can ensure virtually no downtime; and trusted advisors who can help assist with keeping day-to-day operations running smoothly.

2. It should be archived in a compliant, tamper-proof repository.

Compliant email archiving isn’t just for regulated businesses. When your email is properly archived, your data is stored securely with no ability to delete or modify the messages or attachments. Additionally, archived emails are indexed so they are easily retrievable and can be presented during eDiscovery, provided as part of an audit trail, or just restored to an active mailbox. With email archiving, your intellectual property is protected and, if necessary, stored in a form that a court of law will recognize.

3. It should be protected by advanced email security.

The built-in protections of the standard email server are no longer enough. You have to protect your users and your business with a number of advanced security technologies, including real-time link scanning (in case a user clicks on a malicious link in a phishing email), inbound and outbound message filtering, and much more.

Contact us to learn more about how each of these services help you protect your business.

LiteSpeed Technologies Partnership

LiteSpeed Technologies Partnership

This press release was issued today regarding our partnership with LiteSpeed Technologies, as we are now offering their web server software on our shared, cloud, VPS and dedicated hosting platforms:

Washington, DC (WEB) September 11, 2015 — AET Hosting Solutions, (a division of AET Holdings Corp) announced today its new partnership with LiteSpeed Technologies. Clients on our shared, cloud, VPS and dedicated platforms will be able to experience faster load times and increased speed in their web applications.

“LiteSpeed’s web server technology provides a great incentive and value for our hosting clients by boosting website performance, increasing server efficiency and reducing hardware expenses. By improving website load times and lowering system resource utilization, we are allowing them to do more with less hardware,” said Ari Taherzadeh, Founder and CEO of AET Holdings Corp.

AET Hosting Solutions added the new web server technology at no additional cost to shared hosting clients. Cloud, VPS and Dedicated clients will be charged a fee, but at reduced pricing. The technology will increase web server speed to nearly nine times faster than traditional hosting services running Apache. Customers using PHP based websites will experience faster page load times by as much as fifty percent compared to using Apache.

“By using LiteSpeed’s web server, our clients will immediately see an increase in performance across all their website applications from standard websites to the most resource intensive web applications,” said Taherzadeh. “Other added benefits of using LiteSpeed Web Server include zero down time graceful restart, support for thousands of concurrent connections, and improved security measures.”

The LiteSpeed Web Server technology recovers from service failure instantly, providing longer server and website uptime. Clients still receive the same features as the Apache web server including .htaccess support.

About AET Hosting Solutions

AET Hosting Solutions, and its subsidiaries, represent a comprehensive service structure designed to meet the most demanding infrastructure and hosting requirements. We assist inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, developers, fresh thinkers, and the like. And we go out of our way to assist them – with premium, reliable technology; simple, affordable solutions; and solid knowledge and advice. With proven experience, and stability that is unique for a technology company, AET Hosting Solutions delivers a secure, reliable and scalable service that helps customers meet their specific business requirements.

About LiteSpeed Technologies

Based in New Jersey with a satellite branch in Los Angeles, LiteSpeed Technologies is a next-generation web platform company that is dedicated to providing businesses with technology to improve the speed of internet content delivery while reducing operational costs for large web sites, service providers, and enterprise data centers. For more information, please visit LiteSpeed’s website at www.litespeedtech.com or contact sales@litespeedtech.com.

Choosing a Content Management System (CMS)

Choosing a Content Management System (CMS)

CMS comparison: Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress


If you need to create a website for your business, you might be wondering which content management system (CMS) is the best choice for you. This article compares three of the most widely-used ones: Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress. All three are open-source software, each developed and maintained by a community of thousands, and all are free to download and use. The open-source format means that their platforms are continuously being improved to support new Internet technologies, and basic functions can be continuously enhanced with an ever-expanding array of add-ons, contributed from their respective communities.

Your choice depends on your goals, technical expertise, budget and what you want the site to do.

  • For a simple blog or brochure-type site, WordPress could be the best choice (while very friendly for non-developers, it’s a flexible platform also capable of creating very complex sites).
  • For a complex, highly customized site requiring scalability and complex content organization, Drupal might be the best choice.
  • For something in between that has an easier learning curve, Joomla might be the answer.

Each has passionate, dedicated developer and user communities, making it easy to find free support directly through their websites or through other online forums or even books. In addition, paid support is readily available from third-party sources, such as consultants, developers and designers. Each system shows long-term sustainability and longevity; support for them will continue to be readily available for the foreseeable future.

The more time and effort that you are willing and able to invest in learning a system, the more it will be able to do for you. With both WordPress and Joomla, you can order a wide range of services and options from the menu to suit your needs, and with Drupal, you can customize what you need.

The following chart compares these CMSs in several categories. If you are still not sure which one to use, you can download each of the free platforms and do a trial run to help you decide.

DRUPAL JOOMLA WORDPRESS
Homepage www.drupal.org www.joomla.org www.wordpress.org
About Drupal is a powerful, developer-friendly tool for building complex sites. Like most powerful tools, it requires some expertise and experience to operate. Joomla offers a platform between the developer-oriented, extensive capabilities of Drupal and the user-friendly but more complex site development options that WordPress offers. WordPress began as an innovative, easy-to-use blogging platform. With an ever-increasing repertoire of themes, plugins and widgets, this CMS is also widely used for other website formats also.
Example sites Community Portal: Fast CompanyTeam Sugar Education: Harvard University
Restaurant: IHOP
Social Networking: PlayStation Blog
News Publishing: CNN Money
Education/Research: NASA Ames Research Center
News Publishing: The New York Observer
Installation Drupal installation forum Joomla installation forum WordPress installation forum
Ease of use Drupal requires the most technical expertise of the three CMSs. However, it also is capable of producing the most advanced sites. With each release, it is becoming easier to use. If you’re unable to commit to learning the software or can’t hire someone who knows it, it might not be the best choice. Joomla is less complex than Drupal but more complex than WordPress. It has a relatively uncomplicated installation and setup. With a relatively small investment of effort into understanding Joomla’s structure and terminology, you have the ability to create fairly complex sites. Technical experience is not necessary; it’s intuitive and easy to get a simple site set up quickly. It’s easy to paste text from a Microsoft Word document into a WordPress site, but not into Joomla and Drupal sites.
Features Drupal is known for its powerful taxonomy and ability to tag, categorize, and organize complex content. Joomla is designed to perform as a community platform, with strong social networking features. Ease of use is a key benefit for experts and novices alike. WordPress is powerful enough for web developers or designers to efficiently build sites for clients; then, with minimal instruction, clients can take over the site management. WordPress is known for an extensive selection of themes. It’s user-friendly with great support and tutorials, making it great for non-technical users to quickly deploy fairly simple sites.
Caching plug-ins Pressflow is a downloadable version of Drupal that comes bundled with popular enhancements in key areas, including performance and scalability. JotCache offers page caching in the Joomla 1.5 search framework, resulting in fast page downloads. It also provides control over what content is cached and what is not. In addition, page caching is supported by the System Cache Plugin that comes with Joomla. The WP-SuperCache plug-in optimizes performance by generating static HTML files from database-driven content for faster load times.
Best use cases Drupal is best for complex, advanced, and versatile sites; for sites that require complex data organization; for community platform sites with multiple users; and for online stores. Joomla allows you to build a site with more content and structure flexibility than WordPress offers, but still with fairly easy, intuitive usage. It supports e-commerce, social networking, and more. WordPress is ideal for fairly simple web sites, such as everyday blogging and news sites; and for anyone looking for an easy-to-manage site. Add-ons make it easy to expand the functionality of the site.