More than 90% of targeted attacks start with email. If the typical office worker receives an average of 121 emails per day and 1 out of every 101 emails are malicious, chances are that your employees will come face-to-face with emails containing malware or social engineering scams. The top three most common themes of malicious emails are Billing/Invoicing, Package Delivery, and Scanned Documents. Since businesses can’t very well stop communicating via email, they need to take precautions to keep them safe. Take these 3 steps to make your inbox a safer place:
If you can prevent an attack from starting in the first place, why wouldn’t you? We understand that you can’t always prevent cyber attacks, but there are a few things you can start with to minimize the risk of them occurring in the first place.
- First, is maintaining long, unique passwords with special characters, random capitalization, and numbers. Combine this with changing your password regularly and you’re off to a good start.
- Next, do not give your email address out publicly or to untrustworthy sources.
- Lastly, using a Dark Web monitoring tool such as Dark Web ID can alert you if your email credentials are being marketed to cyber criminals.
2. Email Filters
Next is utilizing a good email filter. At CoreTech, we utilize CoreScreen, powered by ProofPoint for ourselves and our clients. This software scans all incoming emails, attachments, and links for any suspicious or malicious code. If anything is detected in an email, it is blocked and quarantined, keeping it from gaining access to your inbox.
3. User Training
If prevention and filtering fail, it’s up to the end-user to make the decision to click a link, download an attachment, respond to an email, or mark it as spam and delete it. Since your staff is the last line of defense, preventing malware from gaining access to your network – it’s imperative that they know what to look for and when to NOT click. With cyber security training, you can send out simulations of malicious emails to your staff, so they learn what to look out for and to always remain vigilant.
If your business would like further information on securing your inboxes, or is struggling in any of the areas listed above, reach out to us. You can reach us by phone at 402.398.9580 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.