Why Your IT Security Must Always Start With Emails

When seeking IT support in Colchester, security must always be high on your list of priorities. Making sure your systems are not rendered inoperable, your data is not stolen and you do not get held to ransom is all essential to keep your systems running smoothly. 

Although not all attacks come through this route, email is the channel through which most cyber criminals attempt to attack organisations. As an article in The Register about an upcoming webinar on cyber security notes, 94 per cent of attacks come via this route. Moreover, it notes, business email compromise, or BEC is a particularly invidious crime because it reduces trust in the system. 

Of course, some might think they are quite familiar with the kind of attacks commonly used by the crooks. Phishing emails, scams that banks and other organisations regularly warn about and dubious-looking links may be considered to be losing their power, as people are increasingly wise to them.

However, the article added, this is not the case because the nature of attacks is changing. It noted: “It’s no good relying on data from yesterday’s attacks to try and stop it because bad actors are continuously upping their methodology to breach your security.”

Indeed, the worst threat comes from what The Register calls “never-before-seen-attacks”, commenting: “Your email security needs to learn all about you, your business and your users to be able to autonomously deliver precise, effective cyber protection.”

Such warnings show that it is not enough to rely on your own wisdom and knowledge of the past tactics of the criminals. What you need is IT support that can stay one step ahead.

At the same time, company bosses and boards can take the initiative to deal with security issues better. 

To help them do so, the National Cyber Security Centre has issued a new cyber security board toolkit. At the heart of this is an emphasis on the importance of regular communication with security experts on how to maintain the best security.

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