June’s IT Security Briefing from NCS IT Ltd

June’s IT Security Briefing from NCS IT Ltd

Email Attacks are on the Rise!

Research from IT hardware company Cisco has shown that email attacks are on the rise. What’s more worrying is that the number of organisations using email security is actually shrinking!

The Cisco 2019 Cybersecurity Series says that this year, 41% of organisations have this type of security set up. This is down from 56% last year!

At the same time, the number of email threats is on the rise and email as a threat is considered one of the top issues worrying business IT leaders.

Fraud is one of the main drivers behind cybercrime, with estimated losses of $1.3billion around the world. Cybercriminals use email predominantly to find victims in organisations who they can target with phishing attacks. They do this by impersonating someone or sending an email with a malicious attachment. Hackers are usually hoping that victims either don’t have the time to double-check every email or they will sometimes just download and run the attachment to see what it is.

Malicious attachments can bring viruses, malware and ransomware directly onto your company’s IT network. The damage can be done in seconds, and the consequences for the business (in terms of cost, reputation, regulatory fines) can be substantial. 

We are strongly recommending customers to take out additional threat protection for their email accounts. We have offerings from Microsoft and SonicWALL to suit different sizes of companies and for those who use Office365, Exchange or MDaemon.

  • Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection – ideal for Office 365 users. Advanced Threat Protection is available as am add-on for most plans. It costs from approximately £1.51 per user per month.
  • SonicWALL Cloud Application Security and Hosted Email Security – can be applied to almost any existing email system either hosted or on-premise. It is available with different levels of functionality protection from approximately £1-£1.50 per user per month.

Also, we recommend customers implement Two Factor Authentication (2FA) immediately for all admin accounts and for email. We would also recommend considering it now for remote access as well to business networks.

You can find out more about 2FA on our website here >

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