Email Security - Lock your virtual front door!
You may remember your parents’ constant reminders “don’t speak to strangers” or “don’t trust strange men with puppies” from your childhood. This has been embedded into our DNA so that we are still vary of strangers IRL (in real life) but this seems to be a whole different story when we go onto the internet.
How many times have you clicked on links that take you to cute videos of stranger’s puppies and how many of your LinkedIn or Instagram contacts have you actually met in person? Being able to connect with strangers from all around the world really is one of the great advantages of the internet! But, just like in the real world, even though most people have the best intentions unfortunately there are also some trolls out there, those with more criminal intent.
During the pandemic, many of us have spent even more time online, with pub quizzes going virtual and meetings shifting from room to zoom. That’s why you may not be surprised to hear that there has been an increase in cyber security incidents during COVID-19.
But phishing attacks are continuing to rise in the UK and according to GOV.UK, almost 40% of British businesses and 26% of charities have faced cyber-attacks in the last year, with the majority of those attacks targeting SMBs – 65% in fact. With numbers being so high, how can we stay safe and protect us, our data and our businesses? A good way to start is by checking your existing level of cyber protection, in particular your level of email security.
Let’s talk about emails!
As email is the main infection vector for ransomware and malware, having email security is an absolute must for online security! We all send out and receive a huge amount of emails every single day. Many of us use common email systems such as those from Google and Microsoft and just assume that they come with a certain level of protection. And we are correct in assuming this but what we should ask ourselves is if that basic security level is enough now that email threats are on the rise and getting more and more advanced. Did you know that over 90% of email traffic has spam, phishing, malware and other electronic threats? This figure is shockingly high and means that your email protection software is working hard to protect you and your business - but a basic cover can only achieve so much.
Not all email security is created equal!
Email security isn’t a new concept, so you might wonder why so many organisations fall victim of cyber-attacks. Most businesses have email security in place but not all email security products offer the same level of service and many just can’t protect against what has become a very sophisticated adversary.
Over time hackers have become even smarter in their attacks so having comprehensive systems in place is an absolute must. There are several great options on the market, some more affordable than others. We recommend the email security from Libraesva which has won the Best Anti-Phishing and Best Email Security 2020 - Computing Security Awards 2020 and yet remains cost-effective.
Libraesva’s advanced email security gateway stops email threats like phishing attacks, email fraud, and BEC before even reaching their target. Libraesva Email Security Gateway is quarterly certified by the Virus Bulletin as one of the best security systems for email because it provides complete protection against advanced threats and attacks, in order to prevents malware, ransomware, malicious URL’s and attachments, phishing & BEC ensuring that organisations can run uninterrupted.
In addition, ensuring that you have a disaster recovery solution in place is also highly recommended. Libraesva offers an archiving solution in the unfortunate event that you lose your emails or are finding it difficult to search for emails from years ago. Archiving has become very much a necessity for some industries such as legal, finance and health where they have an obligation to hold onto emails for much longer period of time.
Do not assume that your standard Mircosoft O365 or G-Suite settings can protect you in the event of an email attack.
Feeling a little worried about your current email protection? Why not try this free email security tester to check if your email server is correctly configured to stop common threats. At the end of the day, you wouldn’t leave your front door unlocked. So, make sure you protect your virtual assets equally by having a complete email security in place to keep you and your business safe.