Mimecast has added new functionality to its email security software to allow further control for end-users and IT teams.

According to the company, the additions will give employees more control over their email, with them no longer having to leave Microsoft Outlook to report spam or manage their blocked sender lists, while user-defined message encryption allows users to choose from available secure delivery options manually.

These include Mimecast's Closed Circuit Messaging (CCM), in which an email can only be viewed by the recipient through a secure online portal and cannot be forwarded. Also added is a user-activated ‘strip and link' functionality where users can replace attachments with links to downloadable files, securely hosted by Mimecast.

For the IT department, additions include granular permission controls for system administrators to activate functions for individual employees or subsets of users as required and control over all default settings, allowing administrators to continue to set and manage security policies.

A new deployment tool will allow a client-side installation to be effected through existing software management systems, streamlining the rollout process for both the IT department and end-users, according to Mimecast.

Grant Hodgkinson, product director of unified email management at Mimecast, said: “It is no secret that the trend towards the consumerisation of enterprise IT has seen end-users becomingly increasingly vocal about the need for greater control and flexibility when it comes to core business technologies.

“From talking to our customers, it was clear that they wanted to find a way to empower users, without compromising on the overall security of the business. By building granular controls and permissions into Mimecast Email Security and adding functionality, we want to help IT departments find a balance between productivity, flexibility and control.

“This technology is designed to allow IT teams to retain visibility and control where it is needed, while giving individual users greater power over their own email in a way that makes both sides more productive.”