Mimecast Global Research finds loss of customers, finances and data due to rise in impersonation attacks

    Third-annual State of Email Security Report reveals 61 percent believe their organization will be negatively impacted by email-borne threats this year

    Lexington, MA – Mimecast (NASDAQ: MIME), a leading email and data security company, today unveiled its third-annual State of Email Security report. The report includes insights from 1,025 global IT decision makers. As cybercriminals continue to use email as a primary vehicle to steal data and deliver advanced threats, the results of this research provide valuable insights and trends around what’s affecting organizations the most and how they can improve their overall security posture.  

    Social engineering attacks are a rising concern for organizations because they’re often one of the most difficult to control. Most notably, the report found that impersonation attacks increased almost 70 percent (67%) in comparison to the results in last year’s report – with 73 percent of those organizations impacted by impersonation attacks having experienced a direct loss, specifically loss of customers (28%), financial loss (29%) and data loss (40%). Phishing attacks were the most prominent type of cyberattack, with 94 percent of respondents having experienced phishing and spear phishing attacks in the previous 12 months, and 55 percent cited seeing an increase in phishing attacks over the same time period.

    Not only are email-based attacks on the rise, but they’re affecting how confident people are in their organization’s cybersecurity defenses – and ultimately the ability to do their jobs. According to the report, 61 percent believe it is likely or inevitable their organization will suffer a negative business impact from an email-borne attack this year. The report also found that business-disrupting ransomware attacks are up 26 percent in comparison to last year. Forty-nine percent of respondents noted having downtime for two to three days, whereas 31 percent experienced downtime for four to five days.

    “Email security systems are the frontline defense for most of attacks. Yet, just having and providing data on these attacks is not what creates value for most respondents,” said Josh Douglas, vice president of threat intelligence at Mimecast. “Survey results indicate that vendors need to be able to provide actionable intelligence out of the mass of data they collect, and not just focus on indicators of compromise which would only address past problems. The Mimecast Threat Analysis Center was also able to identify the top 5 industries being impacted by impersonation attacks which closely aligned with the findings in the report. Financial, Manufacturing, Professional Services, Science/Technology as well as Transportation Industries are top targets. Understanding these key pain points helps organizations build a more comprehensive cyber resilience plan.”    


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    Mimecast is a cybersecurity provider that helps thousands of organizations worldwide make email safer, restore trust and bolster cyber resilience. Mimecast’s expanded cloud suite enables organizations to implement a comprehensive cyber resilience strategy. From email and web security, archive and data protection, to awareness training, uptime assurance and more, Mimecast helps organizations stand strong in the face of cyberattacks, human error and technical failure. www.mimecast.com

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