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Email, telephones and instant messaging are just a few of the business communication tools financial firms use every day. But these basic means of communication come with big security risks. We've put together a compilation of our best expert advice to help you protect your organization from threats associated with these tools.

IM ban lifting at financial companies
Instant messaging (IM) was once an unsecured application that many financial services firms blocked. However, IM is maturing and there are practical ways to secure the popular, real-time communication. This tip explains.

Out-of-band authentication: Methods for preventing fraud
Out-of-band authentication can add another layer of data security as customers seek enhanced online banking security. There's also an added cost benefit. This tip delves into various methods and how they can benefit financial firms.

VoIP security considerations
VoIP isn't without it's security concerns. However, the cost savings and wide-spread usage make it hard to ignore. In this tip, expert Sandra Kay Miller delves into the areas of consideration financial organizations should take into account prior to integrating VoIP technology.

Email security and compliance best practices
Secure and compliant email systems are essential for financial services companies. In part one of this two part series, expert George Wrenn lays out a number of best practices, including what should be in your policies, what your archiving considerations should be and more.

Email security and compliance best practices, part two
Secure and compliant email systems are essential for financial services companies. In part two of this two part series, George Wrenn lays out more best practices on data leakage, data governance, disaster control, discovery support and more.

How to easily integrate managed email security services
Email security services are one of the easiest managed services to integrate into your architecture. Expert Mike Rothman explains how to seamlessly integrate MESS into your financial organization.

This was first published in December 2008

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