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Antispam third party service security

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Hello All,

We are trying to implement an Antispam cloud service. All of our inbound emails will be passing through them first and then relayed to us.

I am a little concern if they will be holding a copy of our emails somewhere and wanted to know if there is anything that I can ask them to provide to us in order to assure confidentiality, something that will also serve us to provide to our IT auditors in the future.

Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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jhyiesla earned 500 total points
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Basically you need to do just what you said - ask them if they are a store and forward service or just a forward service.  Then ask for documentation showing proof of their statement and I'd consider putting it into the contract if possible. If they are going to store them at all and you're OK with that - which isn't necessarily a bad thing, you need some signed documentation showing the level of security they have on their systems.  As  company we usually write these kinds of things either into the contracts or as a part of a Business Associate agreement. If they don't offer what you need or can't provide the signed documentation or you have some uneasiness about them, I'd move on to another service.
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Great advise, thank you jhyiesla!

I will be asking them for it.
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by:Mohammed Khawaja
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We are using Fusemail where they not only provide anti-spam and anti-virus but they provide web browser access to email functionality in an event of your in-house mail failure.  Look at their website for email security and email continuity features so that you could ask for same thing from your provider.  Their website is www.fusemail.com
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Hello All,

All documents need were provided. I had to sign an NDA though, which it sounds logical.

Thanks to you all!
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