Combating impersonation attacks

According to Mimecast’s The State of Email Security 2018 report, “90% of organisations have seen the volume of phishing attacks increase or stay the same over the past 12 months.” This is mostly due to the lack of training staff members receive in regards to cybersecurity. In fact, “only 11% of organisations continuously train employees on how to spot cyberattacks.”

There are a couple of ways to combat cybersecurity threats, given to us from Mimecast, that will vastly improve the overall email security threats that face your organisation no matter how big or small.

Make regular training mandatory

With so few companies failing to regularly train their employees on cybersecurity, it’s no surprise that so many organisations fall victim to these attacks. A staggering 61% of organisations have been hit by an attack where “malicious activity was spread from one user to other employees via email.” This proves just how important it is to guard your email environment and make sure each employee is aware of what cyber-attacks look like, and how to deal with them. Just training your employees on what to look for will drastically improve your security.

Create expertise in your organisation’s leadership

Impersonation attacks can result in the loss of money or sensitive information. Not only are C-level employees the victims of impersonation attacks – they can be the target. Statistics given by Mimecast show that 37% of employees believe their CEO is a “weak link” in their cybersecurity operation – a 10% increase from 2017’s report. This represents the complete disregard for training not just by junior level staff, but for every member of an organisation.

It’s time to start securing your business from all angles and making sure your IT is as safe as possible. To learn more about how Mimecast’s software can help you, contact our team today on 0191 283 0191.

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