Not 'Rich' = not interested

thumb_white.gifSo a Yahoo mail account has been hacked, well they are only one or two belonging to the Governor of a US State, potentially the next Vice-President and therefore only a vote / heartbeat away from the Presidency. Ed Brill has linked to this excellent article making the case for considering the potential risks and downsides for externally hosted mail and webmail in particular.

All electronic communications whether they be email or collaborative application based should trigger a number of considerations that should be taken into account when choosing an environment:
  • Trust – is the originator  who they say they are?
  • Security – are the intermediate hosts fully locked down?
  • Privilege – Can the administrators of the system access my content?
  • Compliance – Does information storage meet SOX (or equivalent) regulations?
  • Control – Can I impose an archival regime?
  • Ubiquitous – Is access to content easily achieved outside of the firewall or disconnected from the network and then does it stay in a guaranteed secure environment?
  • Housekeeping – Can corrupted or accidently deleted information be easily recovered?
These and many other similar questions tend to point a considered organisation towards rich clients within proprietary environments as the only way to tick all the boxes.
Recently this sort of approach has been seen to be ‘old fashioned’ by some, but the hardening that a proprietary system can deliver is far and away more robust than one based on open or de-facto standards.
As for freeware this simple motto to use is ‘you get what you pay for’, ’nuff said.
Whether you are a small or large company the test needs to be:
How much damage could an individual do if they had improper access to you systems internally or externally hosted?

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