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Why Keeping Up with Email Security Is Important to Your Business

Why Keeping Up with Email Security Is Important to Your Business

April 1, 2022

With current global events related to cyberattacks, it’s becoming extremely important that you’re up to date on all your security measures, including email security. If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to go through your current level of security and make sure your DC business is fully protected.

One area that you should be immediately addressed is your business email system. In 2021 alone, more than 319 billion emails were sent each day, and this number is only expected to increase annually. Unfortunately, while we have seen more and more emails being sent, we are also seeing an increase in cyberattacks.

According to several reports, over 90% of cyberattacks start with an email. These emails usually have attached files or compromised links that, once clicked on, program some form of malware that attacks the victim’s software. Phishing attacks are becoming a real problem. In fact, 32% of all successful breaches involve using phishing techniques. That’s why it’s so important to invest in secure email services and cybersecurity training

Cybersecurity Training: What’s at Stake?

Do you and your employees know about the different types of phishing emails? They can be easily disguised as an email from someone you trust. Without cybersecurity training, you may click on fraudulent links and attachments leading the way for cybercriminals to access your personal information.

A successful phishing attack can result in financial loss, compromised accounts, a damaged reputation, and much more. It’s important that you and your employees are able to pick out suspicious emails. In order to stop phishing attacks, you need to learn more about them. Let’s cover the main types of phishing attacks.

Phishing Training: 4 Types of Emails You May Encounter

While there are many types of phishing emails, here are a few common types that businesses see often:

Spearphishing

One of the leading types of phishing emails, spearphishing uses personalized information to convince users to open attachments or click on links. These attacks are usually targeted at specific individuals or groups in an organization.

Spoofing

Spoofing is when cybercriminals disguise themselves as trusted sources. The sender will forge email headers so that the software displays the fraudulent sender address. If it’s a name the victim recognizes, they’re more likely to trust it, so they’ll click on links, open malware attachments, or even send sensitive data and wire funds.

Whaling

Whaling, also known as CEO fraud, is when cybercriminals impersonate a CEO or any other high-ranking executive in a company. The goal is to use the presence of a powerful figure to steal sensitive information, money, or gain access to their computer systems.

Malvertising

Malvertising is when cybercriminals embed malicious code into legitimate-looking advertisements. By clicking on these infected ads cybercriminals gain access to anything on your device.

Email Security Services: How to Protect Your Business Devices

To keep your business devices protected, you need to constantly run updates and security filters. By running updates, you’re making sure your devices are up to date on the latest security patches to protect yourself from cyberattacks. Email security filters prevent suspicious emails from getting in your inbox.

With everything going on in the world, it’s extremely important that you’re on top of your security. This is a difficult situation, and the security of your business is a priority right now. If you don’t have a plan or if you’re unsure where to start, an MSP can keep your business secure.

First Column IT is here for all your cybersecurity needs. Our team of experts will assess your current level of security and develop solutions to better protect your business.

Schedule a security assessment with us today.

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