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Posted on: 04 Apr 2014 

Posted By: IT Wiser

Why Email is Still the Biggest Security Threat of All


Every day the news seems to put out a story of yet another malware attack or security breach. In the past week alone, there have been allegations of a security breach suffered by Bitcoin service Coinbase, a strange PDF malware outbreak in the Ukraine, and bots masquerading as singles on dating site Tinder. Such stories are a constant theme and one that is unlikely to be going anywhere soon, especially if a recent survey revealing that 71 per cent of IT managers, directors and network systems engineers are either ‘not confident’ in their security or ‘not at all prepared’ to deal with a security breach, is anything to go by.

While threats come from different sources and affect networks in different ways, most of the attacks suffered by businesses and individuals are linked by one element: email.

The Inbox Problem

Why change something if it isn’t broken? That’s exactly how hackers and cybercriminals look at email. It has been around for decades now, but when it comes to infecting a system and stealing personal information, this communication tool is in as good a shape as ever.

According to a 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report by US firm Verizon, email was the origin for 95 per cent of targeted and APT (advanced persistent threats)-driven threats last year. The reason for such a high percentage of threats and success is due to something we touched upon in our post last week: the human element.

As computer users we facilitate the spreading of malware; we don’t mean to do so and at the time we don’t even know we are doing so, but our inability to detect rogue emails (it’s virtually impossible) means that email will always be the number one method for stealing our data and our money.

How to stay protected

Most email users assume that they are protected by web gateways; however, this security solution only ever comes into play if a malicious link is clicked on when a browser passes through a gateway. With around a quarter of all clicks on malware laden emails happening off the network, gateways are not sufficient protection.

The only way to be sure of protection from malicious emails is to install Cloud Web Security. This software uses a comprehensive anti-phishing system, antivirus protection and a powerful anti-malware engine to help keep you safe from software downloads or URLs that may contain malware. Crucially, Cloud Web Security also protects your machines even when these are outside of the network by filtering all requests through cloud datacentres.

To find out more about Cloud Web Security and how this can help protect your systems, contact ITWiser today. 

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