Cloudflare takes on email security, performance and reliability

Matthew Prince, the Chief Executive Officer of Cloudflare

Cloudflare Inc. announced its entry into email security with new digital product offerings to help solve email challenges in an easy-to-use way that gives customers more control.

Users will be able to create custom email addresses, manage incoming email routing, prevent email spoofing and phishing on outgoing emails and all these services are free.

Cloudflare also announced that customers can sign up for early access to its Advanced Email Security Suite, tightly integrated with all of Cloudflare’s Zero Trust solutions, for a more holistic way to keep businesses and their employees secure and productive.

Cloudflare indulges into email security

Email is one of the largest threats facing both consumers and businesses today.

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center 2020 Internet Crime Report shows that phishing attacks were the most common type of cyberattack in 2020. According to Forrester, the biggest problems with email are its ubiquity and our willingness to trust it.

Matthew Prince, the Chief Executive Officer of Cloudflare elaborated more on this.

“Everyone has an email thus making this medium a ripe target for attackers. Current solutions have made inroads into the problem without comprehensively tackling it.”

“Our loyal customers have asked us repeatedly to address email security for years.”

“Cloudflare’s innovative digital tools will help to facilitate the process of closing the biggest remaining network security risk that hasn’t already been covered in the previous products.”

“We want to be the network that businesses of any size can plug into for all of their needs. This marks our first step into this space as we hope to become the leader in email security.”

Creating, managing and securing emails can be complex and require technical expertise.

Cloudflare launches two free features for users

Cloudflare email routing

Cloudflare is providing powerful new email routing tools to streamline email management.

Cloudflare Email Routing will give customers more control over their email and empower them to have professional addressing while relying on any email hosting provider, whether it’s hosted Exchange, managed Office 365, Gmail, Google Workplace, or an old address.

This empowers SMBs who may want to have a custom domain on their email addresses, but behind the scenes still be managing everything out of a consumer Gmail account.

Email security DNS wizard

Cloudflare’s tools will help anyone with an email address better protect their brand against phishing and spam. These were difficult to configure and it was easy to make mistakes.

With Cloudflare’s Email Security DNS Wizard, it’s one-click for any Cloudflare customer to configure network records like Sender Policy Framework (SPF) or DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) to protect from attackers misusing domains to send malicious emails.

Cloudflare customers to harness free features

Create custom email addresses in a few clicks 

Customers can freely, quickly and easily configure custom email addresses for their domain.

Consolidate multiple email accounts into one unified inbox 

Now customers can have a custom domain email address that is automatically forwarded to their preferred mailbox (i.e. Gmail or Outlook) without anyone ever knowing it.

Now [name]@[your company].com will keep the clients’ email professional, on brand and available on whatever email provider that the customer may prefer to use.

Inform them of gaps in email security 

Cloudflare will automatically display warnings and recommended actions to users if there are gaps in the way they have set up their email security DNS associated with their domain.

Help secure their domain from phishing and spoofing attacks 

Cloudflare will guide website owners through the process of creating the required DNS records to ensure their domain is safe from the various malicious actors and actions.

The digital process of creating these DNS records prevents malicious actors from spoofing unsuspecting users’ email domains and sending out fraudulent messages.

Cloudflare’s additional product offerings

Cloudflare also announced the successful launch of its Advanced Email Security Suite which facilitates tightly integrating email protection with Cloudflare One, including Browser Isolation.

The suite will offer full scanning of emails for security threats, and work in front of any email hosting provider to supplement the anti-spam and security protections they offer.

Cloudflare’s global network blocks an average of 87 billion cyber threats each day.

The company has unique threat intelligence to more effectively filter out targeted phishing attacks and other security threats that general purpose email hosting providers can miss.

Customers who are interested in gaining early access to Cloudflare Advance Email Security Suite, and contributing to its development can sign up on the platform.