Email Archiving

Email Archiving for Small Businesses

Email archiving for small businesses is now more important than ever. Not only do state and federal laws require data to be retained for long periods, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has introduced new requirements for businesses covering email retention. These requirements for email are best met by using an email archive, although many small businesses are still relying on email backups.

Are Email Backups and Email Archives the Same?

In basic terms, an email backup and an email archive serve the same purpose. They allow emails to be stored so they can be recovered if needed. However, there are important differences between an email backup and an email archive, which have become even more important since the introduction of the GDPR.

Emails may need to be recovered for a variety of reasons. If an important email is lost, if emails have been corrupted, in the event of an audit, for legal discovery, in order to resolve customer disputes, or to find and delete emails when a customer exercises their right to be forgotten under GDPR rules.

Backups are useful, but they are far from ideal for most of the above reasons. Backups allow email data to be restored in the event of loss or if email has been corrupted – Due to a ransomware attack or a hardware failure for instance. In such cases, email backups allow the email system to be quickly restored to the point when the backup was made.

A backup is simply a copy of email data and is a snapshot of data in the email system at any given time. It is ideal as a short-term solution to protect against data loss. However, each time a backup is made, it typically replaces a previous copy. This means that it is possible for emails to be lost. If an email is deleted or corrupted, and a new backup is made that overwrites the last copy, deleted and corrupted emails may be lost forever. Restoring backups may require the entire database to be restored, even when only a few emails need to be recovered. That is hardly an ideal situation.

How Does an Email Archive Differ from an Email Backup?

An email archive is not a copy of email data. With an email archive, emails are moved from the mail system into the archive for long term storage. In addition to emails, tasks, email attachments, and calendars can be archived. Many companies choose to implement an archive not for disaster recovery as backups are still used for that purpose, but to decreases the workload of an email server, improve performance, and eliminate the need for mailbox limits.

One of the most important differences between a backup and an email archive is an archive is searchable, which makes it a quick and easy process to find a specific email or set of email messages that need to be recovered. They could be emails sent to or from a specific person or those that contain an individual’s personal data.

Backup allows emails to be retained and restored, but backups are not searchable. If an email is lost or needs to be recovered, finding messages can be a very time-consuming process.

In the event of legal action against a company, as part of the discovery process an organization will have to produce emails related to the case. A limited amount of time is provided to respond, so it is essential that information can be found quickly and efficiently. The same is true for compliance audits, GDPR requests, and to settle customer disputes.

In contrast to a backup, emails that are archived cannot be lost as no data is overwritten. Archives are also tamperproof and an audit trail is maintained.

Failure to retain data, missing deadlines for producing data, and accidental deletion of email data can attract major financial penalties. Those fines can prove catastrophic for small businesses. Email archiving for small businesses ensures that these issues never arise.

With an email archive, emails are instantly encrypted to prevent data from being intercepted or accessed by unauthorized individuals and with cloud-based archives there is no limit on storage space. Users can continue to use their mail clients or browsers and can easily access archived emails. Email archives are easy to use, manage, maintain, and it is quick and easy to recover emails on demand.

In short, email archiving for small businesses:

  • Adds legal safeguards
  • Ensures protection against data loss
  • Maintains an audit trail
  • Ensures emails can be quickly found and recovered
  • Eliminates the need for mailbox quotas
  • Increases efficiency and productivity
  • Allows long term storage of emails to meet compliance requirements

TitanHQ has developed ArcTitan to meet the needs of small to medium sized businesses and managed service providers. ArcTitan is email archiving solution for small businesses that is cost effective, secure, easy to use, effortless to maintain, and ensures businesses meet their legal responsibilities with respect to email retention. The solution works with all major email clients and Office 365.

If you have any questions about email archiving for small businesses, if you want to set up an email archive, or would like information on the best solution to meet the needs for your business, contact the TitanHQ team today.

GDPR Opportunities for MSPs

On May 25, 2018, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation came into effect. While all businesses should now be compliant, there are still GDPR opportunities for MSPs. Smart MSPs see GDPR as an opportunity for profit and are winning business by helping companies streamline their data management processes. The compliance deadline may have already passed, but there are many GDPR opportunities for MSPs. MSPs can help companies stay compliant, reduce the time their clients have to spend on compliance-related tasks, improve security, and save businesses money.

Key GDPR Opportunities for MSPs

GDPR compliance and security services are a potential gold mine for MSPs. MSPs will have had to go through the GDPR compliance process themselves, so they should already be well versed in what is required. They will have gained valuable insights into GDPR through that process, which can be passed on to their clients.

GDPR compliance solutions that MSPs use could be offered to clients as a service. GDPR also provides an opportunity to sell clients additional security services to ensure the data of their customers are properly protected. With fines up to €20 million or 4% of global income possible, there is a major incentive for ensuring continued compliance with the GDPR.

There are security opportunities such as data encryption, spam filtering, and web filtering, which can be grouped together and sold as a GDPR security package. MSPs can offer auditing services to ensure their clients are fully compliant with GDPR.

It is a requirement of GDPR for companies to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO), but many SMBs lack the internal talent. While a DPO may have been assigned, the time that is spent on that role could be put to better use. One of the GDPR opportunities for MSPs is offering a DPO-as-a-service to fulfil that aspect of GDPR compliance for their clients.

Email Archiving for MS Exchange – An Easy Win for MSPs

Any business that collects or processes the data of EU citizens must have mechanisms in place that allow them to find all data related to an individual. An EU citizen can contact a company and request a copy of the information that is held on them, and if they so wish, can request that the processing of their data is stopped and have their data deleted.

When individuals exercise their right to erasure – or right to be forgotten – a company is required to honor that request within 30 days. In order to be able to process those requests efficiently, a company must know the location of all its data. Companies should therefore have conducted an audit of their systems to identify all locations where personal data are stored. When a request is received, the individual’s data can then be quickly found and deleted.

Personal data may also be detailed in emails and locating those emails can be a major challenge. Any company that does not use an email archive is likely to face problems finding all emails in backups. Since an email archive is searchable, it is a quick and easy process to locate all emails related to a specific individual. The introduction of GDPR creates a compelling case for purchasing an email archiving solution – which is another of the GDPR opportunities for MSPs.

By offering email archiving for MS Exchange or other mail services, MSPs can help their clients comply with GDPR requirements for security, data retention, auditing, and the right to erasure.

ArcTitan: An Easy Email Archiving Service for MSPs

ArcTitan is an easy to use and easy to manage email archiving service that has been developed to meet the needs of businesses and managed service providers.

ArcTitan is a cloud-based secure archive deployed on AWS that is compliant with GDPR for email retention and auditing as well and all major regulatory standards. ArcTitan is compatible with all major mail servers and email services and will meet the requirements of the most demanding clients.

The solution provides almost instant access to data, gives instant search results, and allows instant archiving. A search of 30 million emails takes less than a second and messages are archived at a rate of more than 200 per second. The solution is also scalable to more than 60,000 users.

To meet the needs of MSPs, ArcTitan is available with a range of hosting options – In the TitanHQ Cloud, a dedicated private cloud, or ArcTitan can be deployed in an MSP’s own data center.  API integration allows MSPs to provision customers through their own centralized management system, there is a growth-enabling licensing program, and usage-based pricing and monthly billing. ArcTitan is also rebrandable and can be supplied as a white label ready to take an MSP’s logos and corporate colors.

If you have yet to offer email archiving to your clients or you are unhappy with your current provider’s service or the margin, contact the TitanHQ team today.