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It is no secret that 2020 has been a year of rapid transformation for businesses. Companies worldwide have been forced to quickly become more digital in the way that they operate, and many have transitioned to a largely remote workforce. Businesses have become increasingly reliant upon inherently insecure cloud platforms like Office 365 and G Suite to fulfill their communication and collaboration needs. While these changes have introduced certain advantages in terms of efficiency and productivity, they have also brought on significant challenges - namely, effectively securing cloud email in this increasingly complex and dangerous threat environment.

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Whether it’s the mask we wear when running errands or the bottle of hand sanitizer we now carry with us at all times, we are constantly reminded of the increased physical risk we face daily due to COVID. However, our health is not the only thing that has been threatened by this pandemic. The email threat landscape has remodeled how we work over the past six months - leaving businesses, users and critical data at heightened risk. 

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Email risk is at an all-time high for businesses. Threat actors have taken note of the money to be made in this industry, and are devoting more time and resources than ever to crafting highly sophisticated and targeted attack campaigns. CEO fraud is at the forefront of the global email threat landscape, with attacks being reported in all 50 states and in 150 countries. Despite its name, this $26 billion scam is not only a concern for C-suite executives - finance, HR and IT employees and all members of a company’s executive team are also frequent targets in CEO fraud attacks.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to embrace a 'new normal'. Companies have had to adjust operations, and many workers have been asked to work from home - either over a corporate network or a network tied to a cloud-based system like Office 365. While working remotely undoubtedly has its benefits in terms of safety, morale and decreased employee turnover, it has also brought on significant new challenges for businesses - one of the most serious being email security.

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Email risk is big for small- and medium-sized businesses. Luckily, by understanding the threats you face and the measures you can take to defend yourself, you can make this risk significantly smaller.

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Amid this COVID-19 pandemic, email risk is greater than ever - especially for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning that threat actors are taking advantage of the increased dependence upon cloud email that businesses have in midst of this worldwide crisis. According to DHS, cyber thieves are leveraging our heightened anxieties in today’s new digital world with “an increase in phishing attacks under the guise of themed emails containing attachments.”

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