With each month passing by, traditional cybersecurity becomes less effective. New threats and attacks keep appearing, which makes any digital security obsolete if it is not performing constant updates and keeping up with the trends.
When the now famous cyber attack on Sony in 2014 occurred, many companies have slowly started to realize that cybercrime is a much bigger issue than previously thought. Cyber threats stopped being a strictly IT department issue and became one of the top things on the business agenda.
The reason for that is that email is, in most cases, an easy target for hackers. That’s why a vast majority of cyber attacks start with a simple phishing email. For example, in the Sony hack, a variant of the Shamoon wiper malware was used in the attack. That same virus was already used to attack Saudi Arabia’s Aramco company. The offense started when an employee of this company opening a phishing email through which the hackers gained entry into the network.
The entire attack has a lot more to it, but the main thing is that it started with a simple email.
The worst thing here is that these attacks are constantly evolving, and there are now many types of attacks that target emails. With email security being something that’s often overlooked, every phishing email has the potential to ruin your business.
Plus, there are more and more types of these emails. Spear phishing is now one of the main concerns. According to research, in 2017 these attacks were the most commonly used types of cyber attacks, with 71% of hackers using them in their attacks.
All of this goes to show the enormous effect the cybercrime evolution has had on email attacks and email security. These attacks have prompted the use of email security software which you should start using as soon as possible.