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How will you support security in relation to your email server?

Before deploying an email security project, you must ask your client the right questions. Find out why it's important to know how your client plans to maintain security for the email server.

Once you have an email server installed and functioning, you can't just forget about it. Sure, the email server will likely continue functioning for a long time, but how long will it remain secure? New exploits are released every single day for a variety of operating systems and applications. The longer you ignore the server, the greater the chance that you'll miss a critical patch that could improve email security.

About the author
 Russ Rogers is an information security expert and author of Nessus Network Auditing, 2nd Edition. Russ is currently a penetration tester for the federal government. Listen to Russ's supplemental podcast on email security.

Create a plan for maintaining email security. Take into account patching and software updates. Consider how administrators are going connect to the server and administer it in the most secure manner possible. What configuration settings will allow the server to be as secure as possible but still perform as expected? Finally, do you have a specific individual or department that will be responsible for keeping the server secure once it's in place?

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