You and your team are being targeted by email fraudsters RIGHT NOW.

You and your team are being targeted by email fraudsters RIGHT NOW.

Email security is your business’s new headache. They are targeting MDs, CEOs and other senior staff.

 

Remember when we used to do all our business face to face or over the phone? Thanks to the wonderful invention that we know as the internet, those days are long gone.

We can now communicate with hundreds of people every day from the comfort of our desks, just by pressing a few buttons.

We now send over 205 billion emails every single day, and that figure is predicted to rise to 246 billion by the end of 2019. That’s a whole lot of messages, but all that productivity comes at a risk. Emails are to hackers like a damp dishcloth to germs; an open invitation to spread lots of nasty viruses.

Cyber-crime is rarely out of the headlines now

and new threats are popping up every day. In 2014, two thirds of all email traffic was spam, and that’s a big problem for small

and medium sized businesses. “No big deal”, you might think, “We’ve got anti-spam and anti-virus software so we don’t have to worry, right?”

Wrong.

The threat landscape has changed so much over the past couple of years that it’s no longer sufficient just to invest in anti-virus and

anti-spam solutions to keep your network safe. Criminal organisations have moved on from targeting large corporations; they’re now preying on businesses of all sizes and will

use all sorts of methods to find their way in.

We’ve all seen the strangely written messages from scammers claiming to be Nigerian princes who have found themselves in sudden hardship and need an immediate bank transfer from a kindly stranger. We’ve also seen emails containing dodgy links that look like they’re written in hieroglyphics, and know they’re just as important to avoid.

But as well as obvious phishing scams containing badly written content and asking you to click on unsafe links, countless others slip through the cracks and end up costing millions in fraudulent transfers.

Scammers are so clever now that they can create impostor emails that look so much like the real thing that they can fool even the most savvy business person into handing over important information without even

realising it.

And that’s another important point. Scammers are business people too.

Hackers use tried and tested tricks that are highly successful in looking totally genuine and not raising any suspicions, encouraging their victims to act quickly and without a thought for verification. Here are just some of them:

  • Creating email addresses using domains that look very similar to the real thing
  • Using urgent tones: “This needs to be done ASAP”
  • Stating that the CEO is in a meeting and can’t be disturbed
  • Using a well-known line such as “sent from my iPhone”, implying the sender is in a meeting or on the road
  • Using legitimate looking account details, obtained from their social engineering tools

 

There are multiple ways to keep your email accounts secure, such as:

 

Be vigilant

Educate your team

Keep it on lockdown

Update your policies

Invest in robust email security protection.

 

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