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Tue, 06/23/2015 - 10:25 by ZixCorp
Last year in this blog , we told you about the Zix Encryption Network, a growing community of trust with thousands of companies and millions of members participating. We’re happy to share that our Network is continuing to grow, with new companies and new members joining all the time. There is no secret or mystery about why the Zix Encryption Network is so popular. Instead of users being required constantly to check their outgoing emails for sensitive information, and having to remember to follow a time-consuming procedure to encrypt these sensitive emails, members of the Zix Encryption...
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Email Decryption: Breaking the Code on Our Hidden Messages

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:30 by ZixCorp
At Zix, we love encryption. We’re fascinated by the many ways encryption protects information not just today, but throughout history. So we are sharing some coded messages that recently appeared in a few of our outgoing emails. See if you can crack the code before looking at the hints! The first email was fairly simple. Here was the encrypted headline we sent out: AJY JT UIF XPSMET MBSHFTU TIBSFE BODSZQUJPO DPNNVOJUZ XJUI PWFS GPSUX-GPVS NJMMJPO NFNCFST. The cipher was a classic 1-letter cipher: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ BCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZA Here’s the decrypted headline:...
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Why We Don’t Think Twice Before Hitting Send

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:35 by ZixCorp
One of the (many) revelations to come out of the Sony hack fiasco is that as a collective population we often don’t think twice before hitting send on an unprotected email. For instance, as news of the Sony hack began to unfold late last year, we saw reports of leaked emails containing candid (and not-so-nice) thoughts about celebrities, credit card numbers, passwords and more. The fact that executives were comfortable sending this information unprotected shows there is a serious gap between how email privacy is perceived and the reality of email security. With all the information at...
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Email Encryption: And now for the whole story

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:37 by Neil Farquharson
Thanks to massive media coverage, we’re all well aware of recent data security breaches - Sony, Target, Home Depot, Anthem and more – and you may have noticed a knee jerk reaction from some executives who, once they find out about a breach, talk about moving quickly from insufficient protection to encryption overkill, without regard to how this will affect their business operations. However I’d like to point out that all of the above breaches refer to hacking attacks on data stored within company networks. That is, breaches that are detectable – at least within a few months! What the media...
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Working weekends, nights or during the holiday? You aren’t alone …

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:37 by ZixCorp
While it has been said that the holidays are best spent in the warm embrace of kith and kin, this season, 57 percent of full-time employees in the U.S. will spend at least part of their holiday break clutching laptops, smartphones and tablets to catch up on work. In a recent study, ZixCorp asked more than 1,000 full-time employees about their work practices outside of their regular “9 to 5.” The survey explored not only how much time employees spend working outside regular business hours but also how they are accessing work outside the confines of corporate walls. Let’s take a look at some...
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The BYOD Data Dilemma: Is EAS Safe?

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 17:23 by Neil Farquharson
Skimming through old posts on the Zix blog, I came across this one from a year ago. A new Zix employee had pulled out his smartphone and demonstrated that although his ActiveSync account with his previous employer had been deactivated, all the emails, attachments and his customer contact list were still stored in the permanent memory of his device. This got me to thinking – what is Exchange ActiveSync (EAS)? EAS is a protocol that has been developed to synchronize email, contacts and calendar entries from the Exchange mailbox to just about every mobile device or operating system, including...
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Upcoming Encryption Webinar: Learn How Zix Can Secure your Office 365 Email

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 15:54 by ZixCorp
With Office 365, organizations have access to business-class email along with cloud-hosted applications that can be accessed through a myriad of devices and online conferencing. The one thing it doesn’t offer is strong email encryption. If you work in a regulated industry, share sensitive information via email or just want to simply make sure your email data is safe – you will need to turn to an outside partner. Not to worry, Zix has your back with its simple Office 365 integration. By choosing ZixGateway , Office 365 users have access to hosted email and easy-to-use, secure encryption from...
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Webinar Round-Up: Enhancing Your Data Protection with ZixDLP

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:47 by ZixCorp
Email is the number one app used in business communications and still the preferred method for sharing information and documents. As a result, it’s where a large amount of your company’s IP and sensitive information can be found – and where security policy violations occur. While malicious hackers or even hostile insiders can pose a security threat, loyal employees can also make mistakes that have the potential to lead to a security breach as they move information around in email and expose your organization to compliance violations, security issues…or worse. Since email continues to be the...
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BYOD: A Fresh Perspective - Avoid a Bring-Your-Own-Disaster

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 20:26 by ZixCorp
Ready to jump on the BYOD bandwagon? Hold on, because it could be a bumpy ride. At first look, BYOD seems like an obvious choice for companies and their employees. Workers stay connected to office email and work applications anytime and anywhere on their favorite personal devices. Companies gain a happier, more productive workforce. Yet BYOD is a long way from nirvana. Companies are forced to walk on a tightrope between IT security and personal privacy. Done poorly, it has the potential to turn BYOD into Bring-Your-Own-Disaster . The disaster aspect can come into play when boundaries are...
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Keeping Your Most Used Mobile Business App Safeguarded

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 15:46 by ZixCorp
Chances are, you use your personal smartphone or tablet for everything from playing Angry Birds to choosing the best filter for your photos via Instagram and finding the love of your life on Tinder. However, when it comes to business, despite buzz around BYOD and accessing corporate information on personal devices, if we narrow it down, email is the business app we use the most for viewing and sharing company data. Within email is vital information from financials, credit card numbers, customer information, business plans and other proprietary information. The implications of this data...
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