It’s generally accepted that spam protection, is a requirement for the productive use of e-mail these days. Traditionally, businesses have used software to filter out the volumes of spam, but more recently, the use of local hardware appliances have become popular. Yet, there are drawbacks to both these solutions that have opened the door for more seamless solutions like cloud-based e-mail defense. In short, traditional solutions, whether hardware or software-based, allow spam to get to your network, using up your valuable bandwidth along the way.
Additionally, most (but not all) of these traditional solutions don’t:
- Provide e-mail continuity (retain e-mail when your e-mail server is unavailable)
- Provide the ability to securely view e-mails without downloading them
- Include the ability to send & respond e-mail if your mail server is down.
In essence, these are some of the greatest advantages of cloud-based spam protection. But there are other, less acute advantages, as well:
- Almost no upfront costs
- Zero internal costs for managing or administering the system
- Little to no training required
- Seamless deployment
- Integrated reporting
Like any technology, isn’t a perfect solution for every business and should be analyzed within the scope of your specific business needs, goals, and operations. However, the advantages are compelling enough that it’s worth taking a close look.