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03/2023 - 03/2023

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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01/2023 - 03/2023

Email Security Services (ESS): Small Business 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?

Does it matter if your company is hacked? 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.

Oue 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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01/2023 - 01/2023

Email Security Services (ESS): Enterprise 2023 special

Can you defend against email threats better than the security companies?

DIY Email Security

Can you defend against email threats better than the security companies?

How well do the main email platforms handle threats? Is it worth paying for additional email security from a third-party specialist? Or could you create your own secure email server and get top grade protection for free?

Our reports help you choose the best enterprise security products and services.

Compare a major email platform with a third-party service and an open-source solution.

In this special, one-of-a-kind report we investigate how well one of the world’s largest email providers performs when trying to filter out harmful security threats from your email. We also assess the benefits of a well-known email security service that you can bolt onto any other email solution. And finally, we built an open-source email server running a combination of security and management tools to see how well it compared.

We wanted to answer the questions:

  • Is there value to be had from specialist email security services?
  • Should you run your own server?
  • Can you combine your own server with a specialist service?
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DIY Email Security

In this report we compare a major platform with a third-party email security service to see if it’s worth spending extra on security. We worked with both companies but neither wished to be identified in this report. We reported back to them all of the threats that they identified (and missed) and provided them with an opportunity to dispute any mistakes that they identified. This report is the result of that engagement.

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06/2022 - 06/2022

Email Security Services (ESS): Enterprise 2022 Q2

enterprise email security

Email security services tested

Cyber criminals often use email as a way to start an attack

A primary vector for cyber attacks, email services need to be secure. Email platforms provide one level of security while third-party companies offer additional services, claiming to increase protection.

Choose the best email security solution

Email security services don’t handle all threats in the same way. Some will be stopped dead, while others can infiltrate fully. Somewhere in the middle we see email quarantine systems, Junk folders and edited messages – emails that have their links, attachments and even the words in the message tampered with.

This tampering may effectively remove a threat, or it may not. There is a lot to assessing an email security solution!

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How seriously do you take the email threat?

The approach that we take is to measure everything and then judge how important each result is. Our view is that keeping threats as far away from the user as possible is best. But sometimes security personnel need to see what’s coming in, so quarantines can be useful investigation tools. We have devised a scoring method that credits or penalises services according to our view on best outcomes.

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04/2020 - 04/2020

Annual Report 2020

In our second annual report we review the unprecedented year of 2020, announce our annual awards winners and discuss testing like hackers.

You can find out all about the exciting new Breach Response and Email Security Services Protection tests. And learn that even security testers can use machine learning to make testing better, while still testing like hackers.

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We will explain who we work with, to try and improve everyone’s security in this time of uncertainty. We’ll also explore how security testing has improved (or not) over the last 12 months and suggest ways in which you can use us better to help you personally or your organisation.

Awards winners and testing like hackers

Our annual award winners announcement shows who has impressed us the most since our last annual report.

And if you are new to security testing, we explain what the full attack chain is, and why you should use it when assessing security products.

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01/2020 - 03/2020

Email Security Services Protection 2020 Q1

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04/2019 - 04/2019

Annual Report 2019

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12/2018 - 12/2018

Email Security Services

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04/2018 - 04/2018

Email Security Services Protection

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08/2017 - 08/2017

Email Hosted Protection

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