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Businesses often take the privacy and security of email for granted. But if there’s only one thing you take away from this information, it should be that email is the prime target for hackers and data thieves. There are hundreds of threats out there at any moment, and each of them have the potential to steal information, take control of your computer and network, and even damage your brand reputation. Below are 3 of the 13 email threats you should know about.

  1. Spear Phishing – Spear phishing is when an attacker impersonates a trusted person in order to steal credentials or information that they can then use to enter your network. This threat can very often lead to exfiltration of company funds. Security Awareness Training (or SAT) for your user community can help in this area.
  2. Malware – Malware is a short term for “malicious software.” It is a computer program that is designed with malicious intent to cause damage to a computer system, server, client or network. Common types of malware include viruses, Trojans, spyware, worms and ransomware. Make sure you have centrally managed endpoint security on all machines.
  3. Scamming – Email scamming is a way for cyber criminals to lure potential victims to bogus websites from bogus emails. Different email scam tactics are lottery scams, survey and online banking scams. Having an advanced email security engine that does “sandboxing” of URL’s and documents can limit this threat.

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