Kaushal Varshney

Email attachment still remains major source of zero-day attacks

Discussion created by Kaushal Varshney Employee on May 10, 2017
Latest reply on May 10, 2017 by Daniel Dor

A recent survey examined thousands of office workers across the U.S. to determine their email security awareness, specially about attachments. It was found that not only the casual approach but insufficient awareness and older security technology are exposing organizations to zero-day attacks and ransomware using email attachment as major source. There is no doubt that employees need to trust their emails to accomplish their duties at work, therefore vast majority of targeted cyber-attacks begin with malicious code hidden in an email attachment. In such situation, the security of organizations should no longer be the responsibility of individual employee. Conventional antivirus and sandboxing solutions are no longer effective, and expose a business to devastating cyber-attacks that can steal or encrypt precious data or hold the business to ransom.

Email-security survey: Majority of workers blindly open email attachments - Help Net Security

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