Portal Encryption/Secure Message
The Portal Encryption allows you to send securely encrypted emails onto a web Portal; the email's Recipient is notified to login to the portal from where they can read and reply to the email.
Your email Administrator will let you know what you need to do for your emails to use the Portal Encryption (a.k.a Secure Message)
In this example, we're sending an email to a Gmail account; the Gmail account is part of the recipient email address that will always use the Portal Encryption, so we don't need to do anything special other than sending the email.
After sending the email, the Recipient gets the following email asking to Create the Sophos Secure Message account; this is the Web Portal from where they'll be replying to your emails.
Once they click the “Create Sophos Secure Message account,” a new Window will open asking to enter their:
1. First Name2. Last Name3. Password
Note: The password needs to fulfill the following requirements:
After clicking Activate, they’ll get redirected to enter their Password again to login to the Secure Message Portal (A.k.a Portal Encryption)
The recipient will see your email, and can reply from here; additionally, they can also download it and save it as .pdf, .msg, .eml, Plain Text or Print.
To reply to the email, the user only needs to click the Reply bottom on the Top right:
On the right part of the screen the options such as Save to Drafts, Importance, Attach, and Send are located
After the user clicks send, you’ll receive the reply in your regular mailbox. You’ll know the user replied from the Portal because “Secured by Sophos” will be appended in the footer of the email.
This is very clear, thank you.
We have a Microsoft 365 client that just wants a secure portal for occasional use when passing sensitive info.
Is it possible to have just the secure portal, or do you have to set up all of the email features? It is a 3 person office and they will not be interested in self managing any of the features that are already managed by Microsoft. We do their offsite IT and manage their current AV console.
Since they are already on Central for their AV, it made sense to investigate the Sophos options. But if they have to pay us to manage things that are already part of their Microsoft package, it doesn't make a lot of sense.
Thank you for the comment.
The Port Encryption is an Add-on, but it’s only available with a Central Email Advanced license, and yes you would need to manage their Central Email configuration, as you would need to change their email flow to point to Central Email and add Mailboxes to it.
I am getting ready to deploy both the email and portal. In order to test, I had to set email up on an "extra" domain we own. So yes, you do have to have email set up. The email settings are where you turn on encryption and set that up. You can do email without encryption but not the other way around.