A decade of email security

A decade of email security

Posted April 21, 2021

A decade of email security

  • Flaws in email security are a leading cause of cybersecurity attacks for many organizations. Whether it’s ransomware, business email compromise (BEC) attacks, or a phishing email that leads to cybercriminals gaining access to sensitive data, email is the common denominator.
  • According to Google, the average phishing campaign lasts only 12 minutes, making traditional tracing or blocking specific servers less effective and stopping attacks more challenging than ever.
  • Almost 300 billion emails are sent worldwide every day and the number of worldwide users increases at a rate of 3 percent per year. Unfortunately, email is not ready for today’s threats, because it was designed nearly 50 years ago when its current global reach and security challenges were unimaginable.
  • It no longer makes sense to ask “how do I secure email?” Email insiders are busy developing standards aimed at addressing email’s biggest weakness: that anyone can send an email impersonating someone else. In fact, 89% of all phishing attacks have one thing in common – the sender is not who or what they claim to be.
  • Security enhancements like MFA and encryption becoming a top priority for companies today. With so many people working remotely and needing to trust the system, the industry should have at least a basic, minimum email security standard in place and it all starts with DMARC.

– Peter Goldstein | April 21, 2021