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Business email risk is universal - and greater than ever. Understanding the risk you face online is the first step in reducing it. To help you evaluate your current email security strategy, we’ve put together a checklist of key characteristics that the majority effective modern email security defenses share.

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How to secure email in 2021 and beyond

The cybercrime industry is booming heading into the new year, as 2020 has enabled cyber thieves to lay down a foundation for distributing sophisticated attacks exploiting the latest trends. Email is the favorite attack vector among cyber criminals, and is currently used in over 90% of all cyberattacks

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Ten months into this unprecedented pandemic, there has been a seismic shift in the way businesses operate. With a large portion of the global workforce now working remotely, businesses’ reliance on cloud email has reached all-time high - and so has the digital risk that users and organizations face online daily. Cloud email has become a favorite target among cyber criminals, who are exploiting frequent misconfigurations, inadequate built-in protection and the inherent uniformity of cloud platforms to steal sensitive data and deliver dangerous malware in sophisticated, evasive attack campaigns.

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In this era of sophisticated modern cyberattacks, how can you be sure that the email in your inbox is really from your bank? Can the link within it really be trusted?

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Migrating business email to the cloud

Email has been a central component of business operations for decades, and has become an increasingly vital communication tool in our current remote work environment. While organizations’ email services were traditionally provided on-premises, there has been a rapid, widespread migration to cloud email platforms like Microsoft Office 365 and Google Workspace to accommodate remote workers, cut costs and increase operational efficiency. There are currently over 200 million users actively subscribed to Office 365 for email and collaboration services - a pretty incredible number given that only four years ago Gartner reported that 90% of companies worldwide were still using on-premises email.

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How to identify and avoid holiday phishing scams

Phishing attacks are in hyperdrive this holiday season. Cybercriminals know that users are distracted and stressed by holiday shopping and preparations - and are taking advantage of this hectic time to lure employees into unknowingly giving up sensitive credentials which can be used to gain access to confidential business information. Although phishing attacks spike during this festive time each year, holiday phishing risk has been heightened due to the recent increase in remote workers, the proliferation of inherently vulnerable and frequently misconfigured cloud platforms and widespread anxiety surrounding the pandemic.

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Fortify Office 365 email with critical supplementary security defenses

With over 200 million users actively subscribed to Office 365 for email and collaboration services, Microsoft has clearly demonstrated its domination in the realm of computer software, technology and related services. However, with the recent proliferation of Office 365 use for business, one troubling trend has become increasingly apparent: inadequate built-in security defenses and unpatched vulnerabilities frequently leave users and critical data vulnerable to attack in Office 365.

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