Email attacks have been a growing threat to small and mid-sized businesses in recent years, with every year in the last three years being worse than the one before.
With that being the case, we’ve decided to give you an overview of all the things every business should know about email attacks and to provide you with some vital email attacks statistics.
Email Attacks by the Numbers
In 2017, some 76% of businesses have said that they’ve experienced some form of email-based attacks
More than 70% of IT professionals say that they are worried about email security and say that the attacks are still on the rise
Almost a third of all phishing messages get opened by the recipients, while 12% click the malicious link
Most professionals claim that the main problem with email security lies in poor employee behavior, while many also believe that the problem lies in poor security measures
1.5 million phishing sites are created every month
47% of those falling victim to email attacks are staff members, while 37% are executives
The most devastating email attacks statistic for any business is the fact that 60% of customers contemplate about ending their dealings with a company after it was hit with an email attack, and 30% end up leaving that business’ services altogether
The Main Things Businesses Need to Know about Email Attacks
The most common email attacks are phishing attacks, one of the oldest and still most successful form of email attacks out there. Additionally, businesses need to be wary of identity theft, and, of course, Email based malware, mostly trojans.
Besides technology, the main cause for the success of such attacks is the lack of training and reckless behavior on the part of employees.
Even some of the more problematic type of phishing – spear phishing – can often be prevented by making sure your employees always check where the emails are coming from. And always be suspicious in clicking links or downloading attachments.
Unfortunately, sometimes that isn’t enough. According to Intel, 97% of people in their study were unable to detect a sophisticated phishing email. Have a look at this example of a sophisticated Gmail phishing scam where even the address bar points to the link as being legitimate. Intel’s claim starts looking very true after that.Due to this and all the other things we discussed, it’s imperative that you invest time and money in proper email security. Increase your employee awareness on phishing attacks and the like, and purchase good mail protection service.
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.