SocketLabs Becomes the First Email Service Provider to Embrace MTA-STS Encryption
New Encryption Technology Supports Clients On the Cutting-Edge of Email Security
ASTON, PA (May 5th, 2019) – Today, SocketLabs, an industry-leading provider of highly scalable email delivery solutions that drive customer engagement and growth, announced their support for and ability to help email senders adopt the SMTP MTA Strict Transport Security standard (MTA-STS). Use of this advanced email encryption standard allows security and privacy-focused clients to insulate their email transmissions and prevent man in the middle attacks which have long been at threat to SMTP based email traffic. SocketLabs is the first email service provider in the industry to adopt the MTA-STS standard, extending the unique encryption capabilities of their proprietary Hurricane Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) technology which underlies their high-volume on-premises and cloud-based SaaS platforms.
The MTA-STS standard was recently established by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) an international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers who are focused on the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. SMTP MTA-STS is a mechanism enabling individual businesses or mail service providers to announce their support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) secure SMTP connections when receiving email. In addition, it allows these receiving organizations to specify whether or not the servers that are sending them SMTP email should deliver messages in the absence of a trusted server certificate. Support for the standard is already strong and adoption by email providers has begun, as evidenced by Google’s recent announcement that Gmail now supports MTA-STS.
“This is an important email security advancement that will greatly help the business community,” explained John Alessi, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of SocketLabs. “Email security and privacy is increasingly important in today’s world, with the volume and nature of phishing and other cyberattacks growing exponentially. As a pioneer in the field of highly scalable business email solutions, it’s important for us to continue driving the adoption of more sophisticated encryption strategies and leading the way forward for our clients around the world.”
The prevention of man-in-the-middle attacks, which is particularly targeted by the MTA-STS standard, are perpetrated when email transmissions are intercepted and then viewed or manipulated by someone other than the intended recipient. Use of the MTA-STS process reduces the risk of message interception by ensuring that an encrypted communication tunnel is established between the sending and receiving servers. The enhancements released in the latest version of SocketLabs Hurricane MTA allow email senders to honor the specific encryption and handling preferences of recipients who have defined and published a public MTA-STS policy.
The globally-recognized Hurricane MTA was first introduced to the marketplace in 2009 and is the foundation of Socketlabs on-premises and cloud-based email delivery systems.
Socketlabs offers the world’s best software solutions for helping businesses optimize the value of email communication. Our proprietary mail transfer agent (MTA) technology, avi connects easily with clients’ SaaS CRM applications, mobile apps and websites to streamline the process of delivering, analyzing, and managing their high-volume email traffic. Our tagline is “the science of hitting the inbox”, highlighting the combined power of our software technology and consultative methodology which allows us to optimize a client’s email performance. What makes us truly unique is how we separate, analyze, visualize and manage clients’ email strategies to maximize audience engagement and achieve their desired business outcomes.