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SSL encryption of email - prevent scanning?

Created: 02 Apr 2011 | 4 comments

I have Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP). I used Pop3 to access email (Eudora).

In the advanced settings for email, it says "Note: Messages sent over encrypted connections cannot be scanned"

Does this mean that if I use SSL (secure sockets layer), that SEP cannot scan the email message or the attached file(s)?

Thanks

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point-blanc's picture

What is the operating system?? Is is it on a server?

Mithun Sanghavi's picture

Hello,

If I am not mistaken you are talking about this:

The following options are available under Encrypted Connections:
 
•Allow encrypted POP3 connections: Use this option to enable or disable POP3 messages that use encrypted connections. Auto-Protect does not scan any email that uses POP3 over the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). Auto-Protect continues to protect computers from viruses and security risks in attachments.
 
•Allow encrypted SMTP connections: Use this option to enable or disable the SMTP messages that use encrypted connections. Auto-Protect does not scan any email that uses SMTP over the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). Auto-Protect continues to protect computers from viruses and security risks in attachments.
 
 
Hope that answers your Doubt.

Mithun Sanghavi
Associate Security Architect

MIM | MCSA | MCTS | STS | SSE | SSE+ | ITIL v3

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Mick2009's picture

Hi Jgkahn,

I agree with Mithun, above.  And remember: even if (for instance) an infected .zip attachment was successfully delivered to the computer, SEP's regular auto-protect would act upon the threat as soon as it was unpacked.  

Thanks and best regards,

Mick

With thanks and best regards,

Mick