We all use email all day. Regardless of your industry or where you work in the world, you most likely use email to communicate, work, and socialize. Most of us check our emails several times a day – the average is eleven times an hour! If you’re like me, which is about 84% of you, you keep it open in the background. Here, we’ll break down the top ten reasons why protecting your email is absolutely essential in 2022.
#1 – Analysts say attacks are on the rise
Multiple sources from multiple outlets have warned us that attacks are on the rise. They have increased in 2021 and they are only expected to continue to increase. In fact, last year was a record year for cyberattacks. The number, intensity and variety of these attacks are expected to increase in 2022 as cybercriminals continue to devise new strategies to launch sophisticated attacks.
#2 – Email is the easiest way to access your business
Over 333.2 billion emails are sent every day, with the average employee sending and receiving over 300 per day. This means that over 3.5 million emails are sent per second. And what about the average employee’s inbox? 85% of emails that reach their inbox are spam. Guess what, this makes every employee in your company an ideal target for cybercriminals. Fraudulent emails can easily sneak in with the myriad of other emails your employee receives.
#3 – Traditional SEGs do not capture all threats
It’s sad but absolutely true. Traditional SEGs can miss up to 65% of zero-hour and spear phishing email attacks. This exposes you and your business to threats. More importantly, it should leave you looking for a better way to secure emails.
#4 – Email attacks lead to ransomware attacks
More than 99% of email attacks lead to ransomware attacks. Unfortunately, clicking on this link results in a ransomware attack. Now your business is running out of money. The average ransomware attack cost organizations $2.2 million last year. I don’t have an extra two million dollars lying around so that’s a really scary number.
#5 – Cybercriminals use legitimate sites/services
An employee trusts that they are safe using a legitimate service like Microsoft 365, Outlook, or LinkedIn. Receive a message through one of these channels, open the email and click on a link that seems trustworthy because they are using a known service, and then the cyberattack hits them.
#6 – BYOD and the Remote Workforce Continue
Thanks to the Covid pandemic, most of us are working from home and/or have BYOD staff; which means that not all of your employees have an IT team to help them monitor and prevent these potential attacks. We believe that every employee working from home or at the local coffee shop is safe, and cybercriminals know that this new way of life is becoming an easier target for cyberattacks via email.
#7 – Email plays a key role in communication and is really the main source of communication
Most of us rely on email as our primary source of communication, both internally with teammates and externally with prospects or customers. Email is cheap (sometimes free), easy to use, and preferred by the general public as the primary source of business communication today.
#8 – Different types of attacks through a single channel (phishing, email attachments)
Since email is the most popular communication channel, there are several ways to use it as a cybercriminal. You can send a phishing email with a link or send an email with a malicious attachment. This makes email security even more harassed. Employees must now be able to identify several types of attacks.
#9 – Email is used to transmit all types of data
Email is used to pass personal information to your HR department or business information between account holders and customers. As it is the preferred communication channel as mentioned earlier, we use it all day to send any type of data, sensitive or not. All this data must be protected.
#10 – You need comprehensive email protection
With all of these aforementioned issues, you need COMPLETE email protection. Some companies fix vulnerabilities that attacks sneak in by using multiple email protection services. What if you only needed one solution for your Microsoft 365 messaging environment? Sounds good, right? SlashNext Email Protection for Microsoft 365 offers exactly that: comprehensive email protection no matter where your employees are or how many emails they receive and send. I mean, 333.2 billion emails is a lot!
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*** This is a syndicated blog from SlashNext’s Security Bloggers Network written by Annie Keller. Read the original post at: https://www.slashnext.com/blog/10-reasons-why-email-protection-is-critical-in-2022/