Why SMBs Need Email Protection Software and Employee Awareness of E-mail Scams

Around 156 million phishing emails are sent each day out of which 15.6 million goes through the spam filter, 8 million are opened, and 800,000 recipients click on this link.

There are so many anti-virus software vendors who promise to protect the digital life of an individual or business network. Unfortunately, the cybersecurity is still struggling to keep up with sneaky new malware as the hackers are devilishly smart. It is important to protect your business through cybersecurity services to avoid data leaks and even to help you resolve system and detect targeted attacks against your system. While we mention these hacker’s attempts, let’s not forget phish, so what is phishing? Phishing is a type of fraud that cybercriminals encounter to gather personal information about a certain company or an individual by copying a genuine source or by sending users to a malicious website. They try to obtain any information that could help them to pose as someone else, usually to steal money or property.

Naturally, sophisticated corporates like Microsoft, Google or Lockheed Martin will have a very strong and smart technological security to protect their system from hackers or phishing emails. However, a small or middle business has more chances to get hacked as they are weaker in security levels which is why the hackers use them as gateways to large corporations. Small businesses don’t have the resources or the security proficiency to protect their computer infrastructure as big corporations do. With new types of computer viruses that are released on a daily basis, which makes the internet a dangerous place, especially if you value the files on your computer. Small businesses are more focused on delivering the high-quality products to their consumers, but they are least concerned about their digital security. However, huge companies have entire teams to protect their computer networks which is why the cybercriminals use small businesses to gain access the larger ones.

Typically, the organized criminals will want the highest possible financial return on the struggle they invest as this business model has proven to be extremely profitable hackers can make millions on a scam. It can take days to hack a huge corporate whereas a few minutes to infiltrate a small business and so they pursue the path of least effort. Once the small business network has compromised, hackers launch an attack or conduct undercover activities (like spying or hacking data, etc.) on big corporations. There are certain ways or methods in which criminal hackers work to penetrate businesses. One of the popular approaches is known as “Illegal Botnet.” Other methods include trusted email exchanges of small or mid-sized businesses with large businesses, the cybercriminals send files with hidden malware or exploit kits such as Blackhole or Phoenix to infect the victim’s documents or trigger a targeted spear-phishing attack.

A corporate employee would likely not open an attachment or click a link sent by someone he or she doesn’t know, but will certainly open an attachment from someone at a small business he or she is currently partnering. It is important for a company to come up with an awareness training as a solution to avoid such hacks. Cybercriminals have many methods to disguise emails and how to trick their victims into thinking that the sender is authentic, though the emails are coming from a malicious source. The hackers sometimes use such threatening language or tempting offers to provoke the employees of a certain organization to take an immediate action to open the email, evoking a sense of panic, urgency or curiosity is a commonly used tactic. It is important to alert the workers of an organization to the risks of clicking on links that can harm the digital system or its data of the company. The corporation essentially needs to educate and enlighten their workers to identify a phishing scam.

A cybersecurity analysis discovered that the small and mid-sized businesses lose millions of dollars when hackers break into the security of an organization. This can happen to anyone around the globe, in fact, a report showed that these cyber-attacks forced roughly two-thirds of these small companies out of business within six months. The corporate espionage is not going away, so the cybersecurity industry will continue to see small and medium-sized businesses hacked and used as a  gateway to gain access to the larger corporations.

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