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Using SpamTitan spam filtering with Microsoft Office 365 – the perfect fit!

Posted by Geraldine Hunt on Sun, Jul 19th, 2015

Office 365 in the cloud has some great advantages. Microsoft manages the software updates,making it easier for the IT support services. You can collaborate in real time using different mobile devices and PCs.

According to Adalloms annual Cloud Usage Risk Report, Box, Office 365, Salesforce, and Google Apps constitute the majority of cloud applications in use today. It is inevitable that the move to the cloud will continue. Licensing for the upcoming Windows 10 enterprise will be per-user instead of per-device. This will spur the use of virtual desktop integration (VDI), where your computer will reside not on your desk, but in the cloud.

But, let's face it, moving applications and data to cloud services exposes them to a larger variety of malware. As a result, many clients implement SpamTitan in conjunction with Office 365 to improve security and block more spam and malware. Installing a third-party spam filtering solution like SpamTitan will augment  your spam filtering for Office 365. This is a better choice than using Microsoft’s Exchange Online Protection (EOP) and Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), which are available to Office 365 users.

Email security for Office 365

Office 365 comes in a variety of flavors. Only the Enterprise versions offer beefed-up security. Office 365 mail security gateways provide some protection, but SpamTitan is more effective in blocking spam. It blocks over 99.9% of spam with a false positive rate of less than 0.03%. And SpamTitan provides double antivirus engines, Kaspersky Lab and Clam AV, to protect against malware.

Dedicated mail filtering with SpamTitan

As you know, the threat landscape is constantly evolving with new threats emerging everyday. SpamTitan offers protection from the most current threats. Moreover, for us mail filtering is not just another option on a long list services; it is our core offering. This focus results in a higher overall catch rate and protection rate than clients experience from vendors who are trying to be "all things to all people".

Our developers focus on providing a feature rich and granular mail filtering solution. Administrators can configure settings for the entire company, but also users can fine-tune filters. No two businesses are the same; mails that one company may regard as legitimate e-mail another company may regard as spam. SpamTitan's advanced features such as Advanced Content Control filter enable our engineers to apply a specific rule set to your mail flow. You see the mails you need to see and not the ones you don't! This level of customization is not available on in Office 365 standard filtering.

Data Loss Prevention for email and files

Only the most expensive version of Office 365, Enterprise E3, offers data loss prevention for email and files. But business continuity is a concern for businesses of all sizes. SpamTitan Private Cloud infrastructure provides back up for your mail server. SpamTitan maintains a 2-node private cluster to process mail; if one node fails, the other node takes over to continue processing email. Furthermore, each node is located in a different data center, offering optimal back up. SpamTitan Private Cloud also uses Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL), requiring identification upon connecting to the network, before any data is exchanged.

Even if you choose to maintain your own mail server,SpamTitan offers two business continuity features:

If your private mail server is unavailable, SpamTitan holds all mails in a deferred queue for 5 days by default, but this value can be increased from the web interface.

As soon as your mail server resumes operation, mail is forwarded to all recipients.

SpamTitan can store copies of clean e-mail for a set period of time and allow end users to view their e-mail via a personal portal. This is handy especially if your mail server is not available. End users will not miss important mail.

Phishing Scams

I’m sure you’ve heard about the recent Google Docs phishing scam that affected over 1 million Gmail users – SpamTitan had 100% success rate in defending our users against this threat.  It’s vital you do everything possible to prevent these attacks reaching your users inboxes.  It’s not a question of if there will be another damaging ransomware attack; it’s a question of when. 

SpamTitan complements Office 365 features

This article outlines some reasons that companies use SpamTitan along with an Office 365 subscription, including:

  • A greater level of protection.
  • A higher spam catch rate.
  • A greater level of customization/granularity.
  • Better outbound mail controls.
  • Business continuity.

Contact us about SpamTitan today to see how we can meet your unique business needs, and further secure your Office 365 environment. If you’d like to get your hands on our SpamTitan Office365 setup guide please contact us and we will sent it to you.

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