Email remains the biggest cyberthreat small businesses face today, serving as the conduit for the majority of all cyberattacks. Malicious emails are a cybercriminal’s favored point of entry into a business’s network. Consider the following statistics:
• According to FireEye, 91 percent of cybercrime starts with an email
• Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report states that 66 percent of malware linked to data breaches or other incidents, such as ransomware, was installed via malicious email attachments
• GreatHorn’s 2018 Email Security Benchmark Report revealed that email security is the top security priority for IT professionals, regardless of organization size or role
All the security measures in the world can’t account for the human element. All it takes is for a single email threat to bypass your security and make it into an inbox. From there, an employee clicking on a malicious attachment will expose your entire network to malware. Therefore, the most effective approach to email security is a two-tiered tactic of technology and training: combine an email security solution with educated employees who have been trained to recognize suspicious emails and are up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity threats. This two-pronged approach to email security will help protect your business against cyberattacks.