EMAIL CYBER SECURITY: EMAIL TYPES & STRUCTURES
“ATTENTION! The only method of recovering your files is to purchase a decrypt tool and unique key… Please note that you will never restore your data without payment.”
This is part of a typical message following a ransomware attack.
You may think that you don’t have to worry about these types of cyberattacks. But it only takes one wrong click or one compromised password to become a victim of cybercrime and have a major business problem.
The best way to increase your protection and reduce the risk of having your confidential corporate data breached is to implement a strong cybersecurity structure and provide continuous security training for your employees.
Here, we’ll provide you with cybersecurity tactics that each of your team members can easily apply, and explain the importance of having your data secured, both inside and outside the office.
Dealing with the repercussions of a phishing attack is not only time consuming but costly. One careless click has the potential to compromise your entire network, so it is important that everyone works as a team to protect the company. Make sure there is a system in place to report attacks, and make sure all of your employees understand how important it is to follow through in reporting it.
Deleting the offending email is not the solution—IT needs to know that your company is being targeted. Train your employees to contact your IT department immediately so that IT can take appropriate action, and create a feedback loop to help improve the email filter.
While structured annual or semiannual cybersecurity awareness training is recommended, employees should also receive on-the-fly phishing awareness training when an attack occurs. If an employee clicks on a phishing link, they should receive immediate feedback and additional training. Review the email with them, show them the red flags and indicators they missed, and provide additional training materials to help them avoid being phished in the future.
Vade Secure users receive a warning banner at the time-of-click if a URL has been identified as phishing. If the user clicks on a phishing link, IT receives a notification, along with a link to a phishing training handout. This ensures they are immediately aware of their mistake and connects the incident with the training.
GDPR Implications – GDPR has changed how businesses should view email security. We discuss the implications and considerations of the new legislation on organizational email security.
Resources For Employees and Managers – Suitable if you want to provide your employees with training, or are a manager looking for extra tips, resources and demos on email security.
There are dozens and dozens of potential threats that can start through email. They come in many forms and almost all of them include some form of human interaction.
All of the most significant and common threats to your company’s files and your email security happen because of something that someone does.
With regular training for employees that includes phishing simulations, courses on IT and security best practices, and data protection and compliance training, businesses can significantly reduce risk, decrease infections and related help desk costs, protect their reputation by experiencing fewer breaches, and secure their overall cyber security investment.
1. INTRODUCTION TO EMAILS.
EMAIL SECURITY TERMINOLOGY
2. TYPES OF EMAIL ACCOUNTS AVAILABLE.
TYPES OF EMAIL ACCOUNTS
EMAIL TYPE: “POP”
EMAIL TYPE: “IMAP”
EMAIL TYPE: “EXCHANGE”
3. STRUCTURE OF AN EMAIL AND EMAIL ADDRESS.
THE EMAIL HEADER
THE @ SYMBOL
4. EMAIL HEADERS AND PROPERTIES.
ABOUT EMAIL HEADERS AND PROPERTIES
HOW TO VIEW AN EMAILS HEADERS AND PROPERTIES.
UNDERSTANDING EMAIL HEADERS