S/MIME

Improve the security of your S/MIME usage

S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) is a universal standard for securely signing and encrypting email to help protect information and maintain privacy.

Allowing the encryption of an email’s content provides proof that the email was authenticated as coming from the authorized source.

S/MIME security risks

Identity validation is always part of a message sent using S/MIME, whereas message encryption is optional. Because message encryption is voluntary, there is the potential for sensitive information within emails to be leaked.

How can Keyfactor help ensure S/MIME security?

  • Issue certificates to users on Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, Mac, Android, and Linux devices
  • Deliver certificates with on-device key generation (ODKG) and support non-repudiation
  • Centralize reporting and alerting on impending client certificate expiration
  • Centrally monitor PKI operations across multiple Certificate Authorities, both public and private
  • Implement demonstrable and fully auditable security operations
Keyfactor-Ponemon Institute 2019 Report: The Impact of Unsecured Digital Identities
Introducing Keyfactor’s 2019 study with the Ponemon Institute, The Impact of Unsecured Digital Identities. It’s the first report of its kind to provide data on the risks that unmanaged certificates pose.

 

How PKI and digital certificates elevate your S/MIME security
  • Encryption of email can be accomplished in several ways, including dedicated third-party solutions in your infrastructure and operations
  • S/MIME works using functionality built into most email software, and certificates issued by a Certificate Authority
  • S/MIME supports certificates from both public and private CAs
  • Leveraging internal PKI for S/MIME results in a cost-effective manner to quickly roll out digital signature (and encryption) of email
Keyfactor solutions to help address S/MIME security risks
  • Establish your own PKI to issue your own scalable and flexible; low-cost trusted digital certificates
  • Efficiently manage millions of certificates to ensure your systems are accessible 24/7
  • Let the experts at Keyfactor manage your trusted PKI environment for you

Learn more about boosting your S/MIME security with the help of Keyfactor.