As we move into the new year, it’s natural to look both backwards and ahead to examine any trends within the technology industry. When examining email security trends, you will likely learn 3 things:
- How fundamental email communications are in a business environment.
- The extent of the danger posed by cyber threats, and how they are evolving. What unique features your Email Security Service must have.
In the end, companies implement email security services for one single reason:
Preventing the bad or negligent actors from infiltrating your email communications, and consequently harming your business and employees.
And because neither the bad and negligent actors seem to be slowing down, nor will email stop being so critical in corporations, here are 3 trends for email security in 2018:
1. Email-based attacks will continue to rise
2016 recorded the highest number of phishing attacks, and 2017 saw that number increase. Considering nothing surprising happened - no magic bullet in defense or downfall of attackers, the expectation is that we’ll be seeing more of the same, maybe even worse.
Expect to continue to see a plethora of attacks - Phishing, Whaling, Business Email Compromise, CFO scamming, and many other labels for what made Email the most efficient and effective path for account compromise. All of these threats can result in ransomware installation, document stealing, business disruption, and many other threats.
2. The attacks will focus more on each company’s network of vendors and customers
Regardless of how protected a single organization may be, it is always highly dependant on its connections to its vendors, partners, and customers.
The level of interaction by email is very high, and this naturally comes with a degree of trust. And bad actors will use this to their own advantage. So, we should expect email attacks coming from sources we usually trust, such as someone posing as a vendor, a partner, the accountant company, or a customer.
The flip side will also be true. Be sure to take the necessary precautions to prevent your network from being attacked. This is especially relevant with the Health and Financial sectors - email communications in these industries usually involve access to money or to medical records.
3. Email authentication will become a standard
For the reason above, we will likely see an increase in mandatory authentifications when accepting an email to be delivered. DKIM, SPF, and DMARC verification, on top of clear management of authorized domains, manually or by reputation, are quickly becoming some of the most efficient ways of preventing phishing attacks.
Of course, everyone wishes their organization could be more secure. We at AnubisNetworks are focused on building our Email Security products standing on the latest Risks and Threats posed to the organizations we protect.
Mail Protection Service has been focused on real-time and zero-day Email-bourne attacks (namely phishing) and a way to mitigate them, either by traditional methods, such as content analysis and user/domain reputation, either by detecting account fraud and domain spoofing.
Author: Rui Serra
With degrees in Computer Engineering and Marketing, Rui started his career managing training documentation for IT Training and consulting firms. He then joined Nokia Siemens Networks as a Documentation Specialist and Project Scrum Master before joining AnubisNetworks in 2009, where he has advanced from managing documentation to Product Manager for the growing Product Portfolio.