Why you need email threat protection
Email threats are constantly evolving. As email has become central to business communications, attackers have continued to find new ways of using email to breach corporate security. From more routine email threats like viruses and spam to advanced targeted attacks like phishing, spear-phishing and wire transfer phishing, organizations must combat an increasingly varied onslaught of attacks.
The key to thwarting existing and emerging email threats is to adopt a multi-layered approach to email security. While there are a great many solutions available for stopping individual threats, deploying and managing multiple point solutions can be prohibitively costly and complex, adding additional strain to already overburdened IT teams. That's why so many leading organizations today turn to Mimecast's comprehensive email security services to successfully fend off various types of email threats.
Types of email security threats
Email remains the undisputed primary medium used to conduct cyberattacks. As cybercriminals become more sophisticated in launching email attacks, we’ve seen popular and damaging email threats rapidly evolve.
Common types of email threats such as:
- Malware: a broad category of email threats that comprises software designed to damage systems or gain unauthorized access to mission critical systems.
- Phishing emails: A form of email fraud where cybercriminals impersonate reputable entities to gain access to sensitive information.
- Ransomware: A type of email-borne threat which uses software to block access to files usually containing important intellectual property. Access to infected files cannot be accessed until a sum of money is paid to the anonymous cybercriminal. Spoiler, the sum of money required is never cheap!
- Email spoofing: A form of email threat where attackers fabricate email headers to give the illusion they have originated from trusted sources. Individuals are tricked into divulging sensitive information.
- Spam: Irrelevant email messages sent on large scales to unexpecting recipients. Spam can massively impact an organization’s productivity if left unchecked. Organizations large and small rely on email spam filters.
These email threats only account for a small portion of a cybercriminal’s playbook. Mimecast is here to help secure your organization from sophisticated email threats as classic threats evolve and new tactics emerge.
How to stop the latest email threats
Mimecast offers fully integrated cloud-based solutions for email security, archiving and continuity. Using comprehensive and multi-layered security and content controls, Mimecast effectively protects employees and organizations from the dangers of a broad range of email security threats.
Mimecast’s Secure Email Gateway uses sophisticated detection engines and continually updated threat intelligence to protect against spam, malware, advanced threats and zero day attacks. With Mimecast, administrators can set email security policies from a central console and easily apply them in rea-time throughout the organization. Mimecast also provides greater visibility and control, enabling organizations to avoid compliance violations and improve security measures while stopping email security threats before they reach the network.
Email threat protection from Mimecast
Mimecast’s comprehensive email security services include:
- Mimecast Secure Email Gateway, delivering 100% anti-malware protection and 99% anti-spam protection with 0.0001% false positives.
- Targeted Threat Protection, combating advanced types of email threats like phishing, spearfishing or a zero day attack by scanning all email in real time to detect and block malicious links, weaponized attachments and social engineering techniques. Targeted Threat Protection also provides dynamic capabilities to educate users about risks and reinforce email threat protection policies.
- Content Control and Data Leak Prevention to stop inadvertent or purposeful leaks of intellectual property, customer information and other sensitive data.
- Large File Send, enabling employees to send and receive large attachments (up to 2 GB in size) directly from their mailbox, avoiding the need to use file sharing services that are outside of the organization’s security control.
Secure Messaging, which provides a way for employees to securely send email without the need to download encryption software or to master encryption techniques.