The number of daily email messages is expected to reach nearly 362 billion by 2024. This number includes consumer messages as well as spam and unsolicited marketing, but it represents a sustained year-over-year worldwide increase in email use. The U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research identified a 5% increase in workplace messages after the pandemic-driven shift to a remote-work model. Even with the growing use of messaging applications like Slack and Microsoft Teams, email remains a mission-critical communication method for companies and individuals.
The volume of messages and the click-through rate on ‘suspicious messages’ is why email remains the number one threat vector. Over 90% of cyberattacks start with an email message that is usually designed to steal user credentials or infect the network with malware. Cybercriminals love email attacks because email attacks work.
Challenges from modern email threats
Nishant Taneja recently joined Tracy Holtz to discuss the challenges around securing against modern email threats. Nishant is an expert on email security and currently serves as Senior Director, Product Marketing at Barracuda. Tracy is Vice President of Security Solutions in North America for Tech Data. Tune in to Episode 16 of The Holtz Story to hear more about:
- How email attacks evolved from volumetric attacks to social engineering and other sophisticated attacks
- Why criminals use email to attack applications and data
- How the 13 email threat types can cost businesses billions of dollars each year
- How the dark web, social media, and other types of online information have changed email attacks
- Why supply chains and the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector are being targeted by cybercriminals
- Identifying high-value individual targets in the company
- Changing human behavior through awareness, training, and practice
- The growth in email usage and cloud-based productivity platforms
- Building an email security program and best practices for your organization
- Creating realistic email attack simulations
- Identifying risk and exposure with Barracuda Email Threat Scan
- Understanding native Office 365 security and evaluating supplemental protection
- How Barracuda identifies attacks and protects the inbox
- The role of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and API integration in email security
- How the Barracuda identity graph protects users from sophisticated email threats
The episode page has a show description with timestamps for the main subject areas.
Barracuda protects over one billion messages each day with multiple layers of security from the gateway to the inbox and the email user. Visit our website for more information on Barracuda Email Protection, and set up your free Barracuda Email Threat Scan.
Christine Barry is Senior Chief Blogger and Social Media Manager at Barracuda. Prior to joining Barracuda, Christine was a field engineer and project manager for K12 and SMB clients for over 15 years. She holds several technology and project management credentials, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Business Administration. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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