Dealing With Email Security Threats

By Samuel Greengard
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    Dealing With Email Security Threats

    Dealing With Email Security Threats

    Despite perceptions that email attacks mostly originate from outside the organization, many breaches are connected to internal glitches, breakdowns and problems.

Although cybersecurity issues seemingly become murkier by the day, one thing is very clear: Email is increasingly at the center of enterprise breaches. However, despite perceptions that these attacks mostly originate from the outside, many breaches are connected to internal glitches, breakdowns and problems, according to a February 2017 report from email security vendor Mimecast and Forrester Research. "Email Security Threats: Not Just from the Outside," reveals that there are several noteworthy risks. These include compromised accounts (internal accounts that have been compromised by external attacks), careless misuse (internal policy violators and those who accidentally leak or expose data or systems), and malicious insiders (insiders who purposefully take or misuse data or exploit systems). Not surprisingly, organizations must be prepared for each of these problems, and must use methods and tools to prevent breaches. Here's a deeper dive into the data collected from the global study of business and IT leaders.

This article was originally published on 2017-03-13
Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).
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