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Email Archiving (2 Part Series) – The Risk of Having Email Archived on a Local Workstation

email iconEmail archiving is an extremely efficient solution for dealing with large volumes of email. Even the smallest business can have thousands of emails every year they have to sift through. Think about what would happen if you had a multinational corporation.

Archiving emails is required by companies for both legal and regulatory reasons. Some information has to be stored for a certain period of time; usually about three years.

Local workstations are often used to store emails. This is a major security flaw. You’re risking everything by leaving a security loophole like this in place. To make matters even worse, only 32% of organizations have a data loss solution, according to SilverSky.

Here’s why you need to be careful about where your archive your emails.

Your Responsibility

A local workstation is vulnerable. Unless you’ve employed a team of security consultants to take care of your security, you’re vulnerable. Many corporations aren’t willing to do this, and so they hand the responsibility to a third-party specialist who can offer them a centralized location for archiving.

Taking responsibility for an archive like this reduces efficiency and increases how much you pay. And there’s still no guarantee of a hacker or other malicious virus not slipping through your nets.

Employee Security Failure

To make it even worse, a localized workstation exposes your emails to the greatest threat of all – the people already in your company. Take a look at some more startling statistics from SilverSky:

1. 78% of employees have accessed their emails from personal devices. There’s nothing stopping them from doing this because emails have been archived on localized workstations. They haven’t been hosted or stored on a large central computer.

2. 61% of employees have taken data away from their companies through emails in order to provide leverage for them to find another job. They have a real incentive to exploit security loopholes like this one, especially if you’re dealing with a disgruntled employee.

What’s the Solution?

Take email archives away from localized workstations. The fact is too many companies aren’t taking email security seriously. They automatically assume it’s a secure part of their network. Whilst they worry about antivirus systems, malicious attacks are being made through their emails.

Another factor you have to take into account is the sheer scale of email archives. Try to find a solution for reviewing the archives regularly. Instead of storing everything, store only what you’re bound to keep by law. Delete whatever you have no use for, but do it in a manner that’s secure.

In conclusion, email archiving is a great solution, but it’s also allowed for new methods of attack. Take your security seriously and ensure nobody manages to take advantage of this so often exploited security flaw.





Email Archiving – The Benefits of Centralized Email Archiving

email iconThe Radicati Group say there are 850 million corporate accounts across the world, and the average user sends about 110 messages each day. You need a lot of space to store these emails, or 30MB per user per week to be exact.

What’s the solution?

It’s email archiving, obviously. The problem with email archiving is too many people are storing their archives on a local workstation. They’re exposing themselves with this massive security risk. Localized workstations are vulnerable and can be attacked. It’s a common theme to see attacks being made through less secure localized workstations.

Instead, you need to search for a centralized email archive solution. It enhances your security and ensures you’re doing your duty to limit the potential for network breaches.

Removing the Holes

A centralized archive puts everything in a single location. It means there’s one location and one location only were an attacker would have to breach security. Spreading your archives around local workstations only provides additional opportunities for leaks. It’s simply a matter of numbers.

You’re spreading your resources thin by not opting for a centralized archive.

Easy Organization

Before the concept of centralized email archiving appeared, it was typical to store emails across multiple departments of a corporation. An office may have their own email archive, along with the office next to them, and the office after that.

Centralized archives will store everything in the same place in separate folders. This makes it easy to locate specific emails. It’s ideal when dealing with clients or regulatory boards because any information can be called up in a matter of minutes in a safe and secure manner.

Synchronized Security

Security solutions have to be updated on a consistent basis. It’s a huge job to do this across multiple departments. A lack of synchronized security means for a short time part of a company’s emails are protected, whereas the others are vulnerable. Can you imagine having to update your antivirus system section by section?

This doesn’t happen. You press a button and it updates everything at the same time. With a centralized email archive you can have this level of synchronized security. It’s safer for your network.

Space Saving

As well as reducing the number of access points, as described above, centralized email archives save space. They’re less bulky and take up less digital space. For any business of any size, they cost less. Anything that reduces the amount you pay will always be worthwhile for a business to invest in.


In short, what you have with centralized email archiving is better security and more efficiency. There’s no reason why localized workstations should play a part in an archiving solution. With the costs of a security breach running so high, it’s not worth the risk. Take control of your email security and make sure you don’t fall victim to a digital attack.