eMail = commonly exploited attack vector

There are a number of stories in the press describing how emails intended for internal audiences have made it into the public domain

The sensitivity of these stories has been amplified because of Covid-19 and, in many cases, the honest intent of the message is lost because of the wider audience it’s been shared with. Unfortunately, the intent counts for nothing if your reputation suffers.

How secure are your emails and what happens if they’re not?

There’s never been a better time to look at your email security. This topical spin on email security highlights why the SMB should care more about how we manage email communications.

2019 research states around 60% of businesses believe it’s likely or inevitable, they’d suffer a negative business impact from an email-borne attack. We can confidently expect that the current need for homeworking will only make that statistic considerably worse.

92.4% of malware is delivered via email

In many cases, businesses think the email threat doesn’t apply to them and that their market leading workplace products give them all the protection they need.

For SMB’s, Microsoft’s Office 365 suite is an industry standard so it may come as a shock that it doesn’t give the protection you’d expect or need. Even more surprising in this time of digital transformation is that there’s has been an increase in all forms of email borne attacks.

67% increase in impersonation/business email attacks
54% increase in Phishing attacks
41% increase in internal threats or data leaks
26% increase in ransomware attacks
The impact on business is staggering

With reputational damage, financial loss, business failure and loss of customers just some of the outcomes from attacks – 73% of businesses attacked experienced direct loss in these areas.

SMB’s are treated no differently to larger organisations, with the same type of attacks and the same regulatory obligations. What’s different for an SMB is they have smaller budgets and less resources to address the issue.

We’re seeing an increase in more affordable and easy to implement solutions that work with other workplace products to provide an additional, but essential layer of security, providing SMB’s with a single ‘plug and play’ solution that would otherwise be out of their reach.

Many offer demo’s for you to test them out and some are currently making their products available for no-cost trials.

With the increased challenges of remote working, there's never been more need for effective email security, but there’s also never been a better time to test the products.

60% of SMBs state employee negligence as being as the main cause of data breaches

Source: Verizon

Take advantage and try out some of the options, because email security really does matter.

If you’d like to learn more about how email security can keep your business more secure, we can put you in touch with a number of carefully selected specialist companies who’ll provide free assessment and advise – with no commitment necessary, no fees and no fuss.

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