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11 Jun 2017
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Email Impersonation Attacks On The Rise, Mimecast Finds [64274]
eWeek, June 7th 2017

"Email security vendor Mimecast released its latest quarterly Email Security Risk Assessment (ESRA) report on June 6, providing insight from data collected across 44,644 participating users over a 287-day period.

During the quarter, the ESRA test found 9 million emails that Mimecast categorized as some form of unwanted emails (spam), which included various threats and risks. Of the spam caught by Mimecast, there were 8,605 impersonation attacks detected, which is a 400 percent increase over the number of such attacks that Mimecast detected in its first-quarter 2017 report.

This slide show takes a look at some of the highlights of the May 2017 Mimecast ESRA report..."
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10 May 2017
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Why Email Is The Weakest Security Link g And How To Fix It [63270]
Information Age, May 10th 2017

"How can companies protect their email domains against phishing attacks and exploitation?

According to a recent report by corporate investigations and risk consulting firm Kroll, UK businesses are the second biggest victims of cybercrime in the world, with 92% of executives saying they had experienced an attack or information loss in the last year.

Phishing is one of the most common types of cyber attack, with 30% of phishing emails getting opened, according to Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report. It's the easiest way to hijack accounts - as happened to Hillary Clinton's election campaign chairman John Podesta last year..."
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08 May 2017
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Email, Email, In The Cloud [63268]
ComputerWorld, May 8th 2017

"The transition from on-premises to cloud-based email is an opportunity to tighten security controls...

As my company continues to move enterprise applications to the cloud, the latest development presents a security opportunity. We are giving up our on-premises Microsoft Exchange email in favor of the Microsoft Office 365 service. With the transition, we might be able to curtail the common employee practice of communicating and storing sensitive business-related data in email.

I am encouraging the IT organization to tighten security by implementing controls that were either not available in our on-premises deployment or never implemented. The first order of business is a cleanup of accounts and distribution lists. We have hundreds of email-enabled distribution lists, and too many of them are available to the world. We should be able to cut down the number of lists and set rules about who can use them..."
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08 May 2017
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Business Email Compromise Scams Continue To Grow With $5.3B In Losses [63269]
eWeek, May 8th 2017

"The FBI revises its figures on the impact of business email compromise, revealing a significant spike in reported attacks during 2016.

Business email compromise (BEC) scams have resulted in $5.3 billion in financial losses since October 2013, according to new data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), based on global reports.

BEC fraud, also known as email account compromise (EAC), is a type of scam where an attacker uses a phishing email to trick a company into paying fraudulent invoices and accounts payable requests.

The FBI has been warning the public about the dangers of BEC since at least January 2015, when it reported that the global impact of BEC attacks from Oct. 1, 2013, to Dec. 1, 2014, totaled $215 million. In June 2016, the FBI reported that the total value of BEC-related fraud losses had cumulatively grown to $3.1 billion..."
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08 May 2017
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Email, Email, In The Cloud [63271]
ComputerWorld, May 8th 2017

"The transition from on-premises to cloud-based email is an opportunity to tighten security controls...

As my company continues to move enterprise applications to the cloud, the latest development presents a security opportunity. We are giving up our on-premises Microsoft Exchange email in favor of the Microsoft Office 365 service. With the transition, we might be able to curtail the common employee practice of communicating and storing sensitive business-related data in email..."
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04 May 2017
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Majority Of Workers Blindly Open Email Attachments [63047]
Help Net Security, May 4th 2017

"The vast majority (82 percent) of users open email attachments if they appear to be from a known contact, despite the prevalence of well-known sophisticated social engineering attacks, according to Glasswall. Of these respondents, 44 percent open these email attachments consistently every time they receive one, leaving organizations vulnerable to data breaches sourced to malicious attachments.

Altogether, the survey examined 1,000 office workers in medium and large-scale businesses across the U.S. to determine their email security awareness, particularly regarding known and unknown attachments, and related behaviors around best practices. Among other things, the research demonstrated how lax approaches to popular threat vectors such as email attachments, inadequate threat-awareness, poor work-practices and out-of-date technology, are exposing organizations to hacking, ransomware and zero-day attacks..."
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