In the email hosting world, one of the biggest problems a company can run into is losing the ability to protect its clients from themselves. As one of the biggest email hosting providers in the world, Microsoft (News - Alert) is well aware of just how many security concerns can be caused both on the enterprise front and with the single e-mail user. That is why the company has made significant upgrades to the latest edition of its Microsoft Exchange servers for the 2013 version.
"We've layered a new policy engine on top of Exchange that allows IT managers, whether they're online or on premises, to define data-loss prevention policies to help keep information inside the network," Michael Atalla, Microsoft's director for Exchange Product Management, said in an interview Monday.
The Microsoft Exchange 2012 email hosting server’s biggest addition will be the ability to better check whether an outgoing e-mail might have some sort of information that the user shouldn’t be sending out. By adding this functionality to its solution, the technology giant has made it possible for IT managers to check everyone who is using their company’s email hosting service outgoing mail feature. This means that an employee who may not even realize they are sending delicate information out will now be able to avoid making a costly mistake.
The new tools that have been put into the Microsoft Exchange 2013 allows either a single e-mail user or an IT manager to completely change the way the e-mails that are going out and being monitored. When someone enters information that might lead to them violating privacy or security breaches, the email hosting service can either flat out block the e-mails from going out, or send the user a warning that they are about to send out sensitive information. At the very least, this would make the user aware that what they are doing might have negative consequences.
Microsoft has not said when the newest Exchange version will be officially launched but the company has made a test version available for download. The email hosting provider added that quite a few of the features of this email hosting program will be included in the revamped Office 365 version of Exchange.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein