Every now and then, an email with a catchy subject line appears in your inbox from a sender you assume is trustworthy and you click on it. Unfortunately, this is how most cyberattacks begin – with a single click.
According to ProofPoint’s Human Factor 2019 report, more than 99 percent of cyberattacks require human interaction to succeed. Whether you click on a hyperlink or the unsubscribe button within an email, you have potentially opened the floodgates. That’s why email security should be at the top of your cybersecurity concerns.
Let’s take a look at the top cyberthreats that frequently make their way into your inbox and wreak havoc:
Phishing | Spoofing | Identity Deception
Hackers tempt users into clicking on malicious links and giving up confidential information so they can either install malware on your network’s systems, access and misuse sensitive data, or simply lock your systems and demand a hefty ransom.
Business Email Compromise (BEC)
The attacker hacks into your business email account to impersonate employees or your organization’s important leaders to defraud the company and its stakeholders into sending money or sharing sensitive data.
Account takeovers exploit your compromised user credentials to not just target your business but utilize it as a gateway to simultaneously exploit your customer data.
Malicious Malware and Viruses
CSO Online revealed that 92 percent of all malware is delivered via email. All it takes is a simple click for an attacker to gain access to your network and plant malware (any type of malicious software) or a virus, which is a specific type of malware that self-replicates after entering other programs.
A ransomware attack occurs when a hacker breaches your network’s security, encrypts your data and demands a hefty ransom for the restoration of that data.
According to the University of Maryland, a cyberattack takes place almost every 39 seconds or approximately 2,240 times a day. Now is the time to upgrade your email security. enkompas IT can help you build a formidable defense against email attacks and walk you through a list of best practices that will hold you in good stead for the future. Click here and let’s start a conversation about email security today.
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