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Email - Cyber attacker's favourite method
Are email spammers and hackers targeting you?
Email is the most important business communication tool, and the primary method for cyber attackers to attempt separating you from your money, and your valuable information.
Remember – hackers don’t need to put a malicious attachment in your email (though there is way too much of that going on). Email attachments should always be considered guilty until proven innocent.
Today, the the most common type of fraudulent emails are impersonating someone you know – trying to convince you they are emailing a legitimate request for sensitive information. Always with an end game to steal from you.
Emails from imposters are often difficult to spot, and no email security system is 100% effective. The responsibility is ours – open emails and email attachments with great caution.
Email - The biggest social network in the world
Email was never designed for securely sending sensitive information. There were no security features or authentication mechanisms built-in to email.
That’s changing. It has to. Email is easily the largest form of communication in the world. See it as the world’s largest social network! Half of the world’s population use email.
A comprehensive approach to secure email includes:
- Staff awareness training – Teach staff to recognize all types of email attacks. Include phishing simulations, a mature training path which is effective in bringing staff up to speed on hard to detect email phishing attacks.
- Stay at the front of the curve with your email security technology solution. Make sure your email protection system includes advanced threat analysis that learns and responds to changing threats. Signature-based detection and reputation based identification systems are no longer enough. Automate threat detection where possible in the fight to have enough time to invest in your email security strategy, and to get back to your staff and their error-prone humanity!
- Deploy email authentication. DMARC, DKIM, and SPF. Allowing email to only come from the domain it should stops many types of attacks cold.
- Revisit identification of all endpoints, in light of your cloud apps and platforms. In the transition to SaaS apps in the Cloud, often IT departments are yet to include Cloud in their security planning. Or, naively assume Cloud services are bundled with their own security.
95% of enterprise attacks are email fraud
Email is the number one business application used for communication. Predictably it’s also the number one attack vector for cyber criminals.
Despite significant investments in technology implementing business security defenses, attackers continue to infiltrate organizations through targeted and advanced techniques exploiting the weak link – humans.
If just one employee opens a suspicious email, your entire business can be impacted. The cost of recovery from a breach in email security is massive. Financially, and for your brand.
Implementing a leading email security solution with advanced and adaptive threat intelligence is the first step. Then, deploying email authentication is non-negotiable.
Critically, don’t let lack of staff training become the cyberattack vector that renders your investment in technology-based secure email defenses ineffective.
DMARC, DKIM, SPF
There are authentication protocols and email security solutions today which tackle email security issues.
Start with the fundamental email security question: Did this email come from the domain it claims to come from?
Then configure DMARC, DKIM, SPF accordingly. Don’t forget additional email sending systems including marketing automation apps, Website contact forms etc.
Don’t worry about the acronyms (DMARC, DKIM, SPF), just make sure your business sets them up and uses them to protect your email.
Check your business have set them up for your business email domain.
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Email Imposters. Exploitation of psychology
Simple text-only email messages are becoming the number one cybersecurity threat to businesses and consumers alike.
Email security technology is shutting the gate on malicious technical approaches, so these emails rely on identity spoofing – impersonation – and social engineering to talk recipients into various actions, usually with the end game of sending large sums of money somewhere they shouldn’t.
Moving beyond email exploit blasts, cybercriminals are crafting emails that are targeted – singling out targets from research readily available through websites and social media.
The sophistication of BEC email attacks (business email compromise) is becoming so great – they can be hard to pick from a valid email sent by a trusted contact.
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