Select and Implement an Email Security Gateway

The emails you want are only the tip of the iceberg compared to what you get.

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Immature and underdeveloped Email Security Gateways result in:

  • Ineffective email filtering.
  • Potential data leakage or theft.
  • Decreases in productivity.
  • Limited network visibility.

The right Email Security Gateway can result in:

  • Increased enterprise information security.
  • Increased productivity of the average employee.
  • Protection of valuable intellectual property, financial information or other valuable or sensitive information.

Module 1: Gather and align requirements for the Email Security Gateway

The Purpose

  • Conduct current state assessment to gain visibility into current email security maturity and capability levels.
  • Collect organizational and architectural requirements to narrow ESG options.
  • Collect security requirements to understand your risk appetite.
  • Conduct requirements assessment .

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Realize the necessity for an email gateway.
  • Identify the specific requirements that an email gateway must carry out for your organization.
  • Understand gateway requirements to understand deployment options. 

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Know the volume of your security incidents and the volume of your email and related statistics.
  • Identified email volumes and related email based security incidents
1.2 2Identify all architectural, organizational, security and other requirements of your ESG.
  • Defined requirements of ESG solutions
1.3 Determine what email security solutions your organization needs.
  • Identify relevant features of your ESG

Module 2: Capture costs and benefits of Email Gateway

The Purpose

  • Understand benefits of various deployment options.
  • Determine costs of implementation.
  • Develop a financial analysis of an Email Gateway implementation.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Calculate the total cost of ownership (TCO) and the return on investment (ROI) of an email gateway implementation.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Determine inputs for TCO calculations.
  • Determine your TCO and ROI of your ESG
2.2 Identify incident related costs/losses for ROI calculations.
  • Understand how to effectively use your TCO and ROI within your ESG project
2.3 Identify organization email information for ROI calculation.

Module 3: Evaluate Email Gateway solutions and vendor selection

The Purpose

  • Understand the email gateway product landscape.
  • Determine key advanced features to meet your organization’s requirements.
  • Prepare to evaluate potential vendors.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand what products best meet your organization’s requirements.
  • Prepare proper documentation, such as an RFP, as well as a vendor demo script to comprehensively evaluate your shortlist of chosen vendors.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Understand the ESG vendor landscape.
  • Create a shortlist of vendors
3.2 Determine a shortlist of vendors.
  • Create an RFP.
3.3 Create an RFP.
  • Prepare a demo script
3.4 Prepare a demo script.

Module 4: Prepare for Email Gateway implementation and continued operations

The Purpose

  • Determine your deployment method.
  • Create incident response team.
  • Create an email attack information page.
  • Maintain information in central document.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand key consideration points for the deployment of an email gateway.
  • Develop an incident response team.
  • Construct an email attack information page.
  • Understand what is required for the maintenance and sustainability of an email gateway while developing processes to ensure this.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Develop supporting policies.
  • Deployment Roadmap
4.2 Develop a stakeholders communication plan.
4.3 Develop education plan on proper email security.
  • Email attack information page
4.4 Manage vendor contracts and relationships, vendor risk and vendor performance.
  • Incident response team
4.5 Develop ESG continuing governance plans.
  • Email gateway business case and operations plan
4.6 Create an computer incident response team (CIRT).

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