Business Today Requires A New Approach To Email Security
Because email is so vital in today’s business world, your business needs a policy for Email Security. AsystYOU Technology can help you set up the proper policies and procedures to protect email and other communications against unauthorized access, loss or compromise.
What is Email Security?
Email security includes the techniques and technologies used to protect email accounts and communications. Email is a critical component of organizational communication. It enables users to communicate quickly, easily, and on a variety of devices. Email security is important because email contains sensitive information, is used by everyone in the organization, and is one of the largest targets for attacks. Every day 122.33 BILLION spam email messages are sent out.* Out of these, 2.293 BILLION of these messages are phishing attacks.*
An email message does not go straight to the intended recipient. It actually moves between networks and servers, some that may be unsecured, before it is received. Even though an individual’s computer may be secure from attackers, the network or server that the email traveled through may have been compromised. Cyber attackers can also very easily masquerade as a sender or change email content.
Types of Email Attacks
Cyber attackers can use many different methods to hack email. Some of these methods can cause extensive damage to an organization’s data. Malware, which is a malicious software used to attack a device or its data, can be placed on a device using different methods.
A phishing attack is done when a hacker sends a user a text, email, or direct message. The hackers disguises themselves as a trusted individual or institution and then uses their connection to the intended victim to steal confidential data like account numbers, login information or credit card information.
Spoofing is a very dangerous email threat. It involves tricking the recipient into thinking that the email is coming from someone other than the sender. The hacker only needs to access the metadata and change it. These changes make the email look like it’s from someone else. The email platform can’t tell a fake email from a real one because it only reads the metadata-which is what has been changed by the hacker. This makes it very easy for the attacker to impersonate themselves as a trusted sender.