Why is there a need for Email Security?
91% OF CYBER ATTACKS START WITH A PHISHING EMAIL
Electronic mail has come completely ingrained into the way our communities and companies communicate. With email playing such an important role in our everyday society, it’s important to know what makes email so vulnerable to attacks, and why there is a need for email security for every company.
The ability to communicate with anyone anywhere, at any time; is what makes email such an incredible and important tool. This simple nature has allowed email to grow into the massive communication service it is today, but it is also a giant weakness.
The simple path an email takes when sent, leaves messages and information exposed. Anyone with the right knowledge can intercept, read and edit, or even place viruses and malware into the email.
Public Networks are a major problem too as the path emails take when sent (as with all internet-based technology), travel through other people’s property. The electronic signal (email) will travel through servers belonging to other organisations to get to and from your desired destination. These other organisations can easily stop, read, and edit the original email as it passes through their server, then send it on – if they have the right knowledge.
The simple nature and the ease of gaining access to emails is what attracts most hackers and bad characters to it. When an email is sent un-encrypted, gaining access to the data and content is a quick and easy task.