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WannaCry - How Netmail Can Help

Posted by Frederic Bourget

May 16, 2017 2:57:48 PM

Over the last few days, a new cyber-attack - WannaCry - has been making the headlines. This ransomware attack was huge and infected over 100,000 computers around the world in the first day. Some of us may have thought that these kind of attacks with a very large impact footprint were history given their resemblance to the first viruses in the early 2000s. Unfortunately, they thrive on a user's inability to keep their system up-to-date.

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Topics: Netmail, phishing, email, Ransomware, Netmail Secure, virus, wannacry, attack

Data Security vs Computer & Network Security

Posted by Frederic Bourget

Feb 16, 2017 2:30:39 PM

RSA is going on this week. RSA is the big yearly gathering of security vendors and specialists where training and discussion take place big time. When I think about RSA, an image comes to mind. A few years back, during the opening Keynote, Art Coviello, the CEO of RSA, came onstage and made a presentation that left everyone with a strange feeling. For twenty minutes, he made the case for how the security industry was failing. He showed statistics about how data breaches were going up, how there were more vendors in the industry, and how more money was being spent on security without a valid return on investment. What was unsettling is that he did not present any solutions to the problem. He was basically presenting the problem to the audience, who he considered the most important security experts in the industry. 

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Topics: Netmail, security, phishing, email, RSA, Netmail Secure, Audit, data breaches

EDRM on its head - Why collect what you don't need?

Posted by Frederic Bourget

Feb 12, 2017 9:49:51 AM

I spent last week at Legaltech 2017, and as usual, when you travel out of the office, you often gain a new perspective on things. The show’s focus was all about eDiscovery. The eDiscovery Reference Model (EDRM) has been a great guide to create a common language of what legal teams with an inside council or outside council are required to do as they prepare a case. The EDRM model, and the organization, has been such a good reference that the terminology and structure has been adopted by internal investigations, information governance, and information security. This has also attracted new technologies that question the current model by bringing exciting new innovations to the market.

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Topics: Netmail, eDiscovery, email, archiving, Legaltech 2017, EDRM

Mailbox versus Journal Archiving

Posted by Frederic Bourget

Jan 26, 2017 4:49:41 PM

Organizations archive emails for various reasons. Some do it for storage management, others do it for retention compliance, while others do it to enable eDiscovery & Search. Over time, the reasons for archiving, as well as the technology behind archiving, have significantly evolved. From on-premise only systems to cloud systems, different vendors have offered two ways to archive emails: Journal Archiving and Mailbox Archiving. The choice of the type of archiving you want depends on your objectives for archiving. Both have benefits and drawbacks. In this blog post, I’ll review the differences between the two so that you can make the best decision for your organization.

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Topics: Netmail, Cloud, email, archiving, journal, mailbox

The Challenge of moving PSTs to Office 365

Posted by Frederic Bourget

Jan 4, 2017 2:18:01 PM

It has been common knowledge for years that PSTs are a problem. Many methods have been offered to resolve the issues, yet there are still a lot of organizations that are still stuck with the problem. Netmail offers an innovative solution for organizations moving to the Cloud.

 




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Topics: Office 365, Netmail, Cloud, email, PSTs, PST problem, Migrating to Office 365

Safely Deleting Problematic Email From Your Mail

Posted by Frederic Bourget

Mar 10, 2015 10:31:44 AM

 

This week I am visiting DisneyWorld with my family. There is something magical about the place. It feels like everything comes together by itself. As if all was where it was supposed to be. The experience has been all planned to the exact details, as if it was possible to think of every scenario possible. The reality is that things that are well thought out from the get-go provide us with that feeling.

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Topics: Email Security, Email Management, Netmail Archive

Top 8 Email Migration Questions

Posted by Frederic Bourget

Mar 2, 2015 3:12:16 PM

 

Every time we have a conversation about email migrations, the same questions come up. So, in this blog, I have captured the essence of these questions. Most of these questions are related to Netmail’s unique migration methodology that allows large and small organizations to migrate in a weekend. Yes, this may sound impossible, but we actually routinely run email transformation projects this way.

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Topics: Email Migration, Email Management, Netmail Archive

The Case for Making Email Simpler

Posted by Frederic Bourget

Jan 30, 2015 12:35:00 PM

When it comes to enterprise systems, many organizations are mired in complexity. A large number of systems managed by a large number of people very often end up solving very simple enterprise problems. This happens in every enterprise system, and particularly in computer systems. We see this in CRM systems, too, where they are tied to email marketing, dashboarding, financial systems, visual mapping, interactive web-site... and more.

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Topics: Email Management, Netmail

Find out first: Office365 down

Posted by Frederic Bourget

Jun 26, 2014 11:36:00 AM

Over the last few days, Microsoft has suffered major outages to O365 cloud services. This has sent partners and email admins scrambling for information. How can an organization tell when its most critical services are down? Does it have to wait for the help desk calls to come in?

Communication services are critical to the functioning of an organization. As we like to say around here, an organization is a set of people and their conversations. O365 and Lync services are part of what brings an organization 21st century efficiency.

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Topics: Office 365, Microsoft Exchange 2013, Netmail, Cloud, Monitoring

Is Mail Drop for Business?

Posted by Frederic Bourget

Jun 5, 2014 4:10:00 PM

Tuesday, Apple introduced Mail Drop. A new feature of their mail client that allows end users to send a large file transparently even if their mail server limits the size of attachments. They use their iDrive (cloud storage) to transmit the file and the end user sees a link to the file when not using Mac Mail. Microsoft announced something similar at MEC using OWA and Outlook which would allow large files to be sent transparently using Skydrive as storage. 

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Topics: Email Attachments, Attachment Management, Detach

Getting Sold on Microsoft Office 365

Posted by Frederic Bourget

May 20, 2014 2:08:00 PM

Why is my Microsoft Rep only trying to sell us Microsoft Office 365? Do I have to go to the cloud?

For Microsoft, the stakes are tremendous. The Microsoft Office Suite, which has been and still is at the center of Microsoft's profits, has hit a wall. For years, Microsoft had been wondering how to add value so that you would buy the next version. But this has become more and more complicated. There are diminishing returns for end users and the barrier to change for new releases are getting closer and closer to that return.

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Topics: Office 365, Cloud, Simple, Microsoft Exchange

OpenSSL, Heartbleed and Netmail

Posted by Frederic Bourget

Apr 10, 2014 9:46:17 AM

We are just living through the worst online security catastrophe in long time and we will feel the impact of this problem for months to come. OpenSSL library which is used by many websites has a fault. This library is not only used on websites, it is also used by many vendors who provide security products to secure communications. In short, there is a good chance your network security vendor is also using this library in the products you trust to secure your network. For example, on email, TLS, which is used to tunnel emails between two gateways, may be vulnerable. Although the attacker may have to be a bit more sophisticated than a standard web attack, a door is open.

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Topics: Email Security, Netmail, OpenSSL

Single-weekend email migrations are better

Posted by Frederic Bourget

Mar 31, 2014 5:03:00 PM

 

When migrating from legacy platforms like Groupwise, Notes, Exchange 2003 or other platforms to Exchange 2013 or Office 365, our experience shows that you are better to run the cut-over as a single event. That is to say that we strongly believe that it is much less costly and risky to run an email migration in a single event over a weekend. The organization prepares for the migration for months, making sure all is ready and then migrates all the users in one single swoop. Once the event has happened, we take a few days to mitigate any issues.

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Topics: Email Migration, Email Management, Netmail Archive

Put out the fire, says Snowden. Encrypt email!

Posted by Frederic Bourget

Mar 12, 2014 10:33:16 AM

Email is by default in the clear. As Edward Snowden said at his address at SXSW, we need to raise trust in our means of communications. If you don't do it for you, do it for the people you deal with. Encrypt your email!! Are you making it easy enough for your users to encrypt data?

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It's no longer just about viruses

Posted by Frederic Bourget

Feb 27, 2014 2:46:00 PM

This week I am at the RSA conference in San Francisco and something just dawned on me. There is a significant gap in some of the questions and conversation I have with certain customers and the reality of malware. Not that any of this is new, it has evolved slowly over the last 5 years, but some perceptions have stayed the way they were 5 years ago. For some folks, virus scanning or anti-virus is a commodity and you either have it or you don’t. But the big picture is eluded – the analysis and deep understanding is not there.

It’s no longer just about viruses. Don’t get me wrong, there are still viruses out there, but the reality has evolved. Whereas the Melissa virus was the act of one individual trying to illustrate how good he was, malware is now just a tool in a broader industry. And this industry is about making money with your data.

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Topics: Email Security, anti-virus

Office 365 Migrate all that data?

Posted by Frederic Bourget

Feb 17, 2014 10:55:00 AM

 The other day I met with a customer moving to O365. They really want to get rid of the email problem. I mean really get rid of the problem. Once and for all. No emails on premise anymore. Put everything in the cloud. Really everything and when I say everything, I mean 10TB of everything. Yep, 10TB. They need tokeep everything for legal retention. Their current email system (Exchange?), holds 5TB of email from the last 20 years and they have another 5TB of personal archives that reside on computers across the network.

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Topics: Email Migration, Email Attachments, Office 365

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