Security filters not enough – millions of malicious emails still slipping

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  • Ransomware attacks are becoming more common despite heavy security defenses.
  • There is an established period of attack.
  • Cybercriminals are evolving and finding ways to bypass security.
Phishing e-mail risk

Today, nearly every company has invested in defenses to protect itself from cybersecurity threats. There have been numerous training of employees on how to protect themselves as well as to detect phishing emails.

However, cybercriminals are evolving and are continuously finding new ways to lure their victims.

According to a report made by Tessian, approximately two million malicious messages were successfully bypassing email defenses between July 2020 and July 2021.

Caught off-guard

According to the report, cybercriminals tend to strike when their victims least expect it. They are either tired or distracted. When analyzed, a majority of the emails were sent during the holidays.

The said criminals picked a designated time to send the emails, which was found to be in the afternoon around 2 pm or evening at 6 pm. 

Spoofing technique

The cybercriminals employed either name spoofing or domain impersonation. A website, popular business or individual well-known to the victim were used as top spoofing techniques. The email will impersonate any of the above and take advantage of the distraction.

You can find some email-scanning software here to help you stay on top of these attacks. 

Phishing is evolving

Retail ranked as the industry with the highest number of attacks. The problem is that despite the steps taken to counter these attacks, they are evolving every single day. No amount of training or anti-virus software will be enough to stop these attacks.

There is a need for an advanced approach to address email security. There is a lot of confidential data shared, and if it lands in the hands of the wrong person, a business can be in jeopardy. Investing in ransomware can help protect your data from unauthorized parties. 

What steps have you taken to protect yourself from phishing? Let us know in the comment section below.