Most professionals claim that the main problem with email security lies in poor employee behavior, while many also believe that the problem lies in poor security measures
1.5 million phishing sites are created every month
47% of those falling victim to email attacks are staff members, while 37% are executives
The average cost of a phishing attack for a mid-size business is around $1.6 million. Small companies can even go bankrupt while large companies can still suffer from severe consequences
The most devastating email attacks statistic for any business is the fact that 60% of customers contemplate about ending their dealings with a company after it was hit with an email attack, and 30% end up leaving that business’ services altogether
The Main Things Businesses Need to Know about Email Attacks
The most common email attacks are phishing attacks, one of the oldest and still most successful form of email attacks out there. Additionally, businesses need to be wary of identity theft, and, of course, Email based malware, mostly trojans.
Besides technology, the main cause for the success of such attacks is the lack of training and reckless behavior on the part of employees.
Even some of the more problematic type of phishing – spear phishing – can often be prevented by making sure your employees always check where the emails are coming from. And always be suspicious in clicking links or downloading attachments.