4 Email threats you should be aware of
Online danger is everywhere. Whether it's deliberately stealing data or accidentally sending data to the wrong recipient: the consequences can be disastrous for your organization. But what exactly is going on and what should you take into account? In this blog we have listed 4 threats you should be aware of.
Four email threats
1.The weakest link in the organization: your employees
It may sound like a no-brainer to some, but not everyone is always aware of this. Most mistakes in email are made by the weakest link in the organization: people. No matter how well email security works, if your employees do not handle this correctly, the chance of a mistake is easily made.
Just think: what could go wrong when sending an email? In addition to selecting the wrong file, this can also apply to the wrong recipient. What would happen if patient data or data from one of your clients ended up with the wrong recipient?
The answer to this threat is simple: awareness and user-friendliness. Make it as easy as possible for your employees and make them aware of what data is being exchanged.
→ Read more: Why awareness is important for secure communication
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In addition to threats from inside the organization, there are also malicious parties who try to gain access to your data with various attacks. Phishing is a good example of this.
The idea is that an email is sent, which in most cases contains a link. When the recipient clicks on this link - which could look like a link from, for example, a reliable party - they are being redirected to an unsafe environment. Any data entered here, such as login or credit card information, will then be visible to those on it.
To avoid such an attack, it is important not to click on false links. In some cases this can be difficult, because phishing emails look more and more professional. The best advice is: when in doubt, don’t click on anything.
Like phishing emails, spoofing takes advantage of identity credentials. This makes it appear as if an email came from a specific sender, when in reality it isn't.
Think of an email from your bank. For example, the message will indicate that a new bankcard is ready for us. To activate it, you must first click on a link. However, once you click on this link you will enter an unsecure environment where it becomes easy for cyber criminals to intercept your data. Not sure if an email is from your bank? Then always contact them to know for sure.
To prevent this, it is best to place your cursor on the link with your mouse, without clicking on it. That way you can see which page you are being redirected to and can tell from the address whether this is a reliable source or no
Malware, or malicious software, is software that can damage data and entire systems. These viruses can enter your work environment via email.
Anyone who opens an email infected by malware, might has changes this virus will spread in that environment. And when that happens, both your data and systems can be at risk.
How successful such an attack is depends on your employees. After all, they are the ones who receive such an email and who protect your data. By training your employees, you can prevent viruses from entering your organization.
email threats will always be there. In fact, they are starting to develop and might be more difficult to distinguish from real emails. The best thing you can do is to educate your employees and make them aware of how such threats could look like.