Cyberattacks against businesses and government agencies have increased following the Ukraine crisis, with the risk of cyberattacks spreading against non-primary targets becoming more common. According to Forbes Immediately after the conflict broke out, suspected Russian-sourced cyber-attacks were observed over a 48-hour period at an increase of over 800%.
Email is not a secure channel for communication because its contents are viewed by anyone who comes across it during its travels, since e-mail is not a direct communication medium. It’s no surprise that emails are one of the most common attacks that cybercriminals use to target businesses. Attackers use spoofing email domains to send spam emails, phishing attempts, ransomware, and malware. Your business is vulnerable to these attacks due to a lack of email security. However, by implementing strong email security procedures, you can protect your email and your data against unauthorized use.
As cybersecurity concerns grow it is always important to be concerned with protecting your email from cyberattacks, but you do not have to abandon it altogether. Instead, you can follow the below tips to minimize the risks
1. Multifactor authentication (MFA) to verify email logins
MFA includes two-factor authentication which uses a username and password in addition to a PIN or security token which is sent to a mobile device. It provides an effective security policy by ensuring only the right person can log in to an email account. Adding a verification factor adds an added layer of security and serves as a barrier against brute-force attacks and password cracking. The Multifactor authentication could be a unique item (token), A PIN received via SMS, email, Biometric data (eye, fingerprint, or face), barcode generated on a mobile device, etc. In the absence of secondary authentication information, users may not gain access to the network.
2. Avoid phishing scams
Phishing is one of the techniques used by cybercriminals to obtain private and confidential information. Cybercriminals send the unsuspecting user a seemingly innocuous email or message with an embedded link. The most common phishing variations are email phishing, vishing, smishing, pharming, etc. Some of the tactics used by cybercriminals are an attempt to trick a user into “logging in” by posing as a service provider and linking them to a fake website, The attacker claims to be a member of the security team, and asking for the victim’s password to be changed, Mailing a malicious file that contains an embedded program, etc. Phishing can be prevented by avoiding any action that could give the impression of being suspicious such as responding, clicking links, and opening attachments in an email.
3. Use a strong password
Evolution in security practices and cybercrimes have challenged the status of password security. Cybercriminals perform a password attack to gain access to your email. The most effective email security practices are:
- Make sure you change your password regularly
- Create a unique password (mix of letters, numbers, and symbols)
- Don’t click suspicious links in email
- Don’t use public Wi-Fi or public computers
- Secure your router and Wi-Fi
- Keep your computer and smartphone OS up to date
Cyber Sainik Email Security Solution
Staying ahead of email attacks is challenging because they are constantly evolving. Keeping up with the latest threats is key to protecting your company’s inboxes from hackers who are very clever and creative. Cyber Sainik Email Security solution detects, blocks, and neutralizes threats from both internal and external sources and protects you against social engineering, identity thefts, phishing, malware and password attack, etc. To talk with us about email security for your organization, contact us today