Commemorating 50 Years of Email and How to Keep Your Email Secure
Fortinet News, June 3rd , 2021
June 3, 2021,
Volume 279, Issue 1

This year marks the 50th anniversary of email, which kickstarted a rapid and unprecedented expansion and acceleration of communications across the world since its inception with the first electronic message sent by engineer Ray Tomlinson from one computer to another over a network

"Below is a timeline overview, starting with the first email, to commemorate 50 years of technological evolution as well as best practices for keeping your email secure.

Exploring the History of Email Security

Even before the first computer-to-computer or networked email was sent, the concept of electronic mail was in the works. No technology magically appears in the world. For email, this prehistory came in the form of two individuals - Noel Morris and Tom Van Vleck - working on a program that enabled communication between mainframe computer users. This precursor was intended for the Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); the CTSS Operations department used this system to inform users that file retrieval requests had been completed. Simultaneously, several other governmental and corporate systems were evolving on parallel paths, including the SDC's Q32 operating system SDS 940, the U.S. military's AUTODN system, and IBM's CP/CMS. Ultimately, all of these projects would lead to the introduction of email in the early 1970s..."

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