Safeguard Email From Internal and External Threats

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 04-17-2017 Email

Email continues to be a major source of cyber-attacks, and security and risk officers need to be more aware of both outside attackers and internal threats, says a recent study. The report, "Don't Just Look Externally for Security Threats," points to three groups responsible for these threats: external attacks that have compromised internal accounts; careless misuse by internal policy violators and others who accidentally leak or expose data or systems; and malicious insiders who take or misuse data or exploit systems. The study was commissioned by Mimecast and performed by Forester Consulting. "Not all threats are created equal," said Neil Murray, chief technology officer at Mimecast. "Therefore, organizations need a cyber-resilience strategy to help [them] prepare for any type of attack, whether from outside or inside of the organization, malicious or accidental."  Just over 250 security and risk professionals in the U.S., the U.K., South Africa and Australia participated in the survey. Of these, 37 percent are directors, 36 percent are vice presidents, 19 percent are managers and 8 percent are at the c-suite level. Regarding security responsibilities, 44 percent are shared decision-makers, 29 percent are primary decision-makers and 27 percent are strategy executors.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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