Cyber attacks and incidents used to be unknown for many businesses. Today, we have a completely different picture – they are now a top concern to all companies. And that alone should make you worry about the most prominent kind of cyber threats – Email attacks.
There’s a lot you need to be aware of if you want to protect your business adequately. And the first step is to determine what email vulnerabilities, threats, and exploits are before you set up a plan to overcome all of them.
The Difference Between Vulnerabilities, Threats, and Exploits
In the world of cybersecurity, a vulnerability is a weakness that can, at some point, be exploited by cybercriminals. The same goes for email vulnerabilities which can thus be any vulnerability in your email protection system. For instance, an operating system may have a software bug that, if not fixed (usually patched by a later version) may be exploited by attackers. An interesting fact is that vulnerabilities don’t need to be in software - They can be about processes and people - for instance, if you keep your files in an unprotected Disk Drive that you frequently take with you in your bag or car, that’s a vulnerability that can be explored (exploited) if someone robs your belongings.
Lastly, an exploit is when someone finds a particular vulnerability in your systems - in this case, your email servers and protection, and decides to exploit that vulnerability - use it to cast an attack on you -.
These are the primary differences between the three, but you will still need to go in more in-depth to understand how you can protect yourself.
By permanently ‘plugging in’ these vulnerabilities, you can stop worrying about the many threats that can target your business. You can also stop worrying about the exploits hackers can use as there be no more vulnerabilities to exploit.
Most of the email vulnerabilities stem from the lack of a proper protocol everyone in your company should adhere to. Other vulnerabilities are in the software. Most of them are in your employees.
How to Protect Your Business from Email Threats
One of the many vulnerabilities stems from weak passwords. You need to make sure everyone in the company has a strong and secure password for their email accounts, which is the basis of any decent email protection. Additionally, you need to start using multi-factor authentication for better security.