The Danger

For many Churches email is an important tool for organizing and staying in touch with church members. However it can also be a security risk. Cyber crime is on the rise and many criminals are now targeting churches through email “phishing” attempts. Phishing occurs when a user of a computer opens a file or even a link to a website that installs a virus on the users computer. A phishing virus will track keystrokes, web history and more. The information collected, such as passwords, credit card and bank account info as well as Social Security Numbers, is sent to the originator of the phishing email and subsequently used criminally.

Phishing isn’t the only concern however. Many viruses and browser hijackers are sent through email as well. Viruses can cause significant and costly harm to your computer systems often corrupting or outright destroying valuable data such as financial records, pictures, videos and songs. Browser hijackers take control of your web browser, removing control over what your home page is, what search engines you can use and even where you can go on the internet.

Finally there is spam. Spam encompasses the previously mention items(Phishing Attempts and Viruses) but is mostly junk mail containing unsolicited offers for things you do not want. A lot of spam also contains explicit adult material which simply has no place in a church environment.

What You Can Do

iFilter Email offers spam and virus protection through the Cisco IronPort appliance.

IronPort email security appliances provide a multilayer approach to stopping email-based threats:

• For spam protection, email and web reputation filtering technology is combined with industry-leading Cisco IronPort Anti-Spam feature.

• Cisco IronPort Outbreak Filters are paired with fully integrated traditional antivirus technology and patent-pending anti-targeted attack protection to ensure users are protected from the industry’s more malicious attacks.

• Cisco IronPort PXE encryption technology fulfills secure messaging, compliance, and regulatory requirements.

While there is no unbreakable wall to protect you from all forms of cyber threats, IronPort can help protect one of the most common ways of computer infiltration.

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