White Papers

1H 2013 Financial Institution Threat Report

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SilverSky (Formerly Perimeter E-Security) provides comprehensive security services to financial institutions of all sizes. In this report for the first half of 2013, we summarize security incidents based on data collected from 925 financial institution customers.

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2H 2012 Financial Institution Threat Report

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SilverSky (Formerly Perimeter E-Security) provides comprehensive security services to financial institutions of all sizes. In this report for the second half of 2012, we summarize security incidents based on data collected from 861 financial institution customers.

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8 Elements of Complete Vulnerability Management

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Threats to the security of your network will never completely go away, but the ability to prepare for, recognize and quickly remediate these threats should be a part of day-to-day company operations. This white paper gives you eight essentials for managing vulnerabilities in a network including internal and external assessments, how frequently you should run scans for threats and the importance of broadening testing beyond basic network services and operating systems.

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Cloud Business Email Market Quadrant

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The Radicati Group, a technology market research firm, highlights its choices for Cloud Business Email providers based on market share and functionality. They detail the criteria for a Top Performer in this market and include SilverSky in that category. 

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Five Strategies for Email Data Loss Prevention

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The average employee sends and receives about 110 emails each day or 29,000 emails per year . One in every 20 of those emails contains “risky” data – from sensitive attachments to social security numbers to protected health information to valuable corporate secrets that set your organization apart. All of this risky data can become toxic to your company if it’s hacked or suffers a breach – causing reputational damage, customer loss, heavy fines and decreased competitive edge. 

Download our Email DLP white paper to review the 5 strategies your organization should be doing to protect your email. 

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Forrester Wave™: Emerging Managed Security Service Providers, Q1 2013

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In Forrester Research, Inc.,'s 15-criteria evaluation of the emerging managed security services provider (MSSP) market, SilverSky was identified as a leader. Forrester identified the 10 most significant providers in this category and researched, analyzed, and scored them. SilverSky received the highest score possible for business and technical value and SLA adherence, and among the highest scores for security services and threat intelligence and analytics. Download this industry research paper now to learn why SilverSky is the MSSP you should be working with today. 

 

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Fortune 500 Security on a Budget

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Network security and regulatory compliance are expensive to do in-house for any size company, but if you are a small- or medium- sized business the burdens go beyond cost to staff bandwidth and security expertise.  This white paper explores the problems with traditional network setups and ways to address these issues in a budget friendly manner.

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Hosted Microsoft Exchange Architecture

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SilverSky operates a major hosted infrastructure dedicated to providing world-class enterprise messaging solutions.  This whitepaper is an in-depth overview of our Hosted Microsoft Exchange architecture and how we implement best practices across systems management, testing, application deployment, infrastructure and security to provide increased productivity and reduced costs.

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Hosted Microsoft Exchange Market Quadrant

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The Radicati Group, a technology market research firm, highlights its choices for Hosted Microsoft Exchange providers based on market share and functionality. They detail the criteria for a Top Performer in this market and include SilverSky in that category. 

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Microsoft Hosted Exchange Email and Collaboration Market Quadrant

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The Radicati Group, a technology market research firm, highlights its choices for Microsoft Hosted Exchange providers based on market share and functionality. They detail the criteria for a Top Performer in this market and include SilverSky in that category. 

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Picking a Sensible Mobile Password Policy

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Creating a mobile password policy would appear to be a straightforward task, just use the same policy that you use for PCs. But employees use their portable devices outside the work environment and the password policies for these devices need to encompass both protecting the device coupled with limiting the complexity for the user.  SilverSky’s Chief Technology Officer discusses six policy elements that will produce a reasonable, employee-friendly and highly usable password system that will be strong enough to protect your company’s data. 

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SilverSky Email Security Habits Survey Report

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SilverSky recently conducted a survey among business users to assess email security habits and perceptions. What we found fell in line with the Lake Wobegon Effect (i.e., overconfidence) of users believing that they are more secure than their fellow coworkers. However, this overconfidence on the part of employees could potentially be dangerous for businesses, since it could lead to poor email security habits—which ultimately lead to real legal, regulatory and reputational risks through data loss.

Key findings from the study include:

  • Forty-three percent of respondents indicated they were “very concerned about email security and go above and beyond the company prescribed procedures” to protect their business communications.
  • Thirty percent of respondents claimed to be “much more security conscious” than their co-workers.
  • The majority of respondents (56 percent) have accidently sent an email to the wrong person while at work. Additionally, more than half of employees (53 percent) have received unencrypted, risky corporate data (credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc.) via emails or email attachments.
  • One in five respondents know of someone within their organization who has been caught and reprimanded for sending out sensitive information without adhering to corporate protocol.
  • Many (53 percent) were quick to single out co-workers, saying they’ve received unencrypted, sensitive data – such as sensitive attachments, social security numbers, protected health information, and valuable corporate secrets – via email. Yet only 17 percent admitted to sending out this risky data themselves.
  • Only 32 percent of organizations currently use an email data loss prevention (DLP) solution, and even fewer (21 percent) use an email encryption solution. As such, 46 percent of respondents indicated that email security could be improved within their organizations.

Download the full report by clicking below, and also check out our infographic comparing the perception vs. reality of driving and emailing.

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SilverSky Silver Lining Report

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SilverSky's Independent Study Reveals Dramatic Surge in Cloud Confidence and Adoption, but Cloud Security Concerns Continue to Dominate.

Two hundred U.S. chief information officers and senior level security decision-makers were surveyed in the company's new "Silver Lining Report." Nearly all (97 percent) of survey respondents indicate their confidence level in the cloud has either increased or stayed the same in the past 12 months. On average, respondents have moved one-quarter of all their business functions and services to the cloud, the most popular being e-Commerce (41 percent), closely followed by email (39 percent) and storage (30 percent). Many respondents have plans to migrate additional applications within the next 12 months, particularly storage and e-Commerce (both 16 percent) and middleware/infrastructure (14 percent). However, traditional back-office functions such as finance and accounting and procurement applications show no upward movement. View the Cloud Security Adoption Infographic or download now to get the full report. 

 

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TEI of SilverSky Network Security Solutions

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SilverSky commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by engaging SilverSky network security services, including its managed security services, network protection suite, and professional services. The purpose of this study is to provide readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of SilverSky security services for their organizations. 

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The Business Value of Managed Security Services

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For many organizations, outsourcing network security services appears to be a logical choice. You avoid hardware, licensing, and maintenance costs; you benefit from around-the-clock security monitoring and management from dedicated security experts; and you free up your in-house IT staff to pursue activities core to your business mission. Yet many business decision makers dismiss the managed security service option out of hand, fearing the loss of control over the network.
 
This paper provides an overview of the benefits of outsourced security solutions such as managed security services. The managed security services option saves money, improves the network security posture, and maximizes the efficiency of existing corporate resources.

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The Right Way to do Exchange in the Cloud

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For the past decade, front office and back office systems, such as CRM, payroll, and document management, have gradually moved to the cloud. That change has been relatively seamless. But now enterprises are contemplating and executing the migration of once immovable major systems that have been ensconced inside the walls of the corporation for decades. At the top of the list is Exchange Server, Microsoft’s enterprise stalwart.
 
With the introduction of Office 365 in 2011, Microsoft is encouraging businesses to shift core apps like Exchange, SharePoint and Lync, to the cloud. It’s an attractive prospect for most organizations: offload the maintenance and security to Microsoft yet keep the same basic look, feel and experience for employees. Office 365 is a fine offering for small to mid-size businesses, but larger enterprises looking to make the move to the cloud should consider new options for Exchange in the cloud, such as the one now offered by SilverSky in partnership with IBM.
 
In this white paper, we look at the best way for enterprises to make the move to the cloud and explore how to ensure that security, scalability, and flexibility are not compromised.

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To Outsource or not to Outsource: That is the Network Security Question

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This paper discusses how to cost-effectively turn the tables and ultimately win the battle for securing the network. We will discuss different options and the methodology for making critical decisions about how to tackle your network security challenges. 

 

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What to Look for in Cloud-Based Email

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This white paper includes a comprehensive list of things to consider in evaluating cloud-based email solutions, from the hidden costs of hosting your own to additional services you might need as well as what questions to ask your provider. 

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What You Need to Know About Email DLP

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Data loss is a growing issue for companies around the globe. Everyone’s on the go and intellectual property is equally as mobile. While the focus on leaks via removable drives and other media is admirable, the bulk of the problem lies in the tool everyone uses almost every moment of the day: email.

According to a recent survey of business professionals at US organizations conducted by SilverSky,56 percent of respondents have accidentally sent an email to the wrong person while at work and an astounding 53 percent have received unencrypted, risky data (e.g., credit card numbers and personally identifiable information such as social security numbers) via email or email attachments.

Shocking as those figures are, when you think about it, they make perfect sense.

Email is part of every moment of every day and enterprises have attempted to deal with the issue. Some enterprises have opted for the pricey route, with the complicated and heavy-handed premises-based approach of enterprise data loss prevention (DLP) systems. Enterprise DLP costs millions of dollars and disrupts just about every part of a business it touches—all with the express aim of eliminating malicious data loss incidents caused by insiders, which it never really does.

On the other hand, there’s cloud-based email DLP, which addresses the biggest source of data loss—email—while requiring a fraction of the cost enterprise DLP. The math seems to make the case by itself, but, in this white paper, we’ll look at the other advantages of cloud-based email DLP.

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Why You Should Consider Cloud-based Email Archiving

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In this white paper, authored by technology market research firm The Radicati Group, this white paper covers the ten reasons you should outsource your archiving solution, the seven unique benefits of archiving in the cloud and the how the SilverSky solution compares.

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