While cybersecurity attacks are increasing across many threat vectors, email remains the most common channel for opportunistic and targeted attacks. As attackers continue to evolve and increase their sophistication, most popular email security technologies no longer provide sufficient protection for organisations. This means that most organisations remain highly exposed despite having native email security software installed, which is a major concern for security leaders.
A report by Abnormal Security, in partnership with AimPoint Group, after surveying 300 security leaders on how they combat email-borne attacks, found that 92% of them have experienced a massive email-related security threat, ranging from phishing attacks to Business Email Compromise (BEC). Security leaders ranked their top three concerns with email-borne attacks, starting with malicious attachments, email-borne ransomware and credential phishing, followed by BEC, malicious URLs and supply chain compromise.
Notably, cybersecurity executives are combating these threat actors, with 93% adopting cloud email programmes. Reports show that 73% don't trust cloud email software's native security initiatives, believing they are insufficient to protect their organisation from threats. Most executives (63%) agree with using an integrated set of security techniques and tools, while 50% of organisations are using Integrated Cloud Email Security (ICES) tools to strengthen their email security.