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Email-borne threats are on the rise and organizations must be prepared for their next attack at a moment’s notice.
A vast amount of sensitive data is exchanged via email, and organizations need to prevent this data from falling into the wrong hands.
How prepared are you in the event of an email-borne cyber attack? Do you have the necessary defences in place?
Cloud email security solutions offer comprehensive email protection against a wide range of known threats - including spam, malware, viruses and malicious links/attachments - while also defending against previously unknown attacks, using behavioral analysis.
With the rise in remote working over the past two years – and with most organizations adopting cloud-based email systems – organizations are increasingly moving to the cloud for their email security.
Email threats are increasingly becoming more sophisticated in nature, making them difficult to detect and prevent.
The best method for securing email is to deploy an email security solution. With no hardware to purchase, cloud-based email security solutions are quick, easy and inexpensive to implement, administer and operate.
However, not all cloud email security solutions are the same. Some have better spam detection rates than others. Even a 97% spam detection means 3% of malicious emails can penetrate your defences.
The leading cloud email security solutions have over 99% spam detection rates and will block even the most sophisticated attacks, such as impersonation and business email compromise (BEC), from reaching your network by using multi-layered intelligence and detection engines.
However some malicious emails can always filter through and as a result employees – who act as both an organization’s biggest threat vector and also best line of defence - need to be trained how to identify and respond to common email threats
Cyber-security awareness training provides phishing simulation tests to staff and allows organizations to identify their most at risk employees and to tailor their training accordingly.
Here are some of the main features of cloud email security solutions, such as SpamTitan:
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SpamTitan ensures you won’t be hit by any of the thousands of new threats discovered every hour, with continually updated threat intelligence.
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SpamTitan cloud-based email security is essential to a multi-faceted security approach to email-borne threats. The type of email threats that SpamTitan helps to solve include:
Phishing comes in many forms, including clone, barrel, and spear phishing. These phishing types are sophisticated, targeted, difficult to detect, and variants of more general email phishing tactics. Many phishing campaigns focus on specific organizational roles, like a system administrator, to steal that individual's login credentials. The phishing email will contain a malicious link to a spoof website; the site is made to look exactly like the login screen for popular apps such as Microsoft 365. If the phishing individual enters their login credentials into that spoof site, they will be stolen. This all begins with a cleverly crafted phishing email. According to research from the Ponemon Institute, 54% of security incidents are caused by credential theft.
Once credentials are stolen, they can be used to enter sensitive areas of the corporate network and exfiltrate data. The Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report for 2022 (DBIR) found that around half of data breaches began with stolen credentials.
The latest IBM Threat Intelligence report outlines the malware landscape and has this to say:
"It has become increasingly commonplace for malware to be delivered through malicious Microsoft Office documents, usually attached to phishing emails."
Some phishing emails contain malicious links and some infected attachments. Both can be the starting point for malware infection.
Ransomware is typically delivered by email or via credentials stolen by phishing. This is borne out by research from ENISA in its 2022 Threat Landscape Report. Coveware researchers concur, finding that phishing is the most common method to deliver ransomware, with infections surging in Q3 2022.
According to IBM Threat Intelligence, in 2022, 6% of attacks were BEC scams. Business email compromise relies on the social engineering of employees and can lead to large sums of money stolen by hackers. As such, these emails are tailored to trick specific roles, such as CEOs, CFOs, and employees in the accounts department.
Spam may seem innocuous compared to ransomware, but because of the daily volumes in employees' inboxes, spam emails can impact on productivity. In addition, because of the volume of spam that requires filtering, cloud-based email security solutions like SpamTitan must use intelligent analysis to weed out spam before it hits an employee's inbox.
The modern enterprise mixes central and satellite office, remote, and third to fifth-party entities. This mosaic of employees and non-employees means that the visibility, management, and scalability of apps and solutions are more complex than in an organization that uses an older closed perimeter model.
On-premise email security solutions must be more scalable to handle complicated working environments. Whereas cloud-based email security solutions, like SpamTitan, are designed to be intrinsically scalable, provide dynamic management across expanded networks, and are simpler to deploy across distributed devices.
Securing email in an era where cybercriminals focus on this communication channel to hack an organization requires a mix of measures:
Step one: use a cloud-based email security solution
Use a cloud-based email security solution like SpamTitan as your first line of defense. These solutions use multiple layers of protection to detect and prevent phishing and spam from entering your corporate network. This is an essential first step to capturing insidious attempts to trick employees into handing over login credentials. In addition, detecting and preventing ransomware and other malware is also a core capability of cloud-based email security solutions.
Step two: tighten up email authentication
Ensure that a second factor (2FA), such as a mobile authenticator or critical fob device, is used to access an email account. However, 2FA alone cannot be relied upon to prevent email account takeover, so 2FA must be used with the cloud-based email security solution and other measures.
Step three: train staff about email-borne risks
Security awareness training of staff is another layer of protection to prevent phishing emails from tricking employees into clicking malicious links or downloading infected attachments. In addition, Behavior-based security risk training is an important measure to use alongside cloud-based email security.
Cloud-based email security is designed from the outset to be highly beneficial; amongst the most apparent benefits are the following:
Centralized deployment means fast deployment. Because no software installs are required that slow down deployment, setup and switch to secure emails can be done in minutes.
The same centralized model ensures that management, configuration settings, and updates are easy and fast. This is especially important in a threat landscape that can change quickly; the cloud-based email security solution must respond swiftly and apply intelligent measures to stop email threats as they morph using new tactics and techniques.
Cloud-based email security is typically billed using a subscription model. This allows an organization to budget more effectively. Cloud-based email security solutions, like SpamTitan, can be highly cost-effective for smaller organizations as there are no associated download or maintenance costs. In addition, SpamTitan needs no hardware, reducing the costs of capital purchase, installation, and configuration.
Companies can expand and contract in terms of staff and device numbers. A cloud-based email security solution is designed to be scalable in line with these changes. SpamTitan makes it very easy to add or remove users at the click of a button, and there is no limit on the volume of emails that can be analyzed.
Cloud-based email security solutions use multiple layers of threat detection. This is to ensure that even sophisticated phishing threats can be captured. Even zero-day and emerging threats can be captured using intelligent layers of threat detection. Additionally, any errant emails that may make it through these increasingly fine-grained nets of protection are sandboxed to double-check that they are legitimate before sending them to the recipient(s).
Organizations come under stringent data protection regulations that include email-borne content. Laws such as CAN-SPAM, GDPR, and HIPAA requirements expect that robust security measures are applied, and non-compliance results in heavy fines. SpamTitan email security ensures that email content is checked and emails are secured using encryption and secure archiving. In addition, SpamTitan provides a reporting feature that generates reports to document compliance.
Cloud-based email security solutions, like SpamTitan, are ideal for smaller enterprises as they can be delivered by a managed service provider (MSP). The MSP model of cloud email security means that the SMB can have cost-effective, enterprise-level protection. This model also ensures that the SMB gets exceptional security support, and the MSP manages the solution, removing the need for a small organization to find skilled security staff.
Cloud email security delivers email protection using a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ntralized cloud location. A SaaS email security model provides scalability, centralized and fast deployment, and easier management and updates across expanded modern enterprise networks. Cloud email security solutions, like SpamTitan, use this model to detect and prevent email-borne threats from entering the corporate network and employees' inboxes.