Regular coverage of cyberattacks in the UK media appears to be doing little in the fight against e-crime as new figures suggest phishing scams netted £174 million in 2015. According to the government-backed cybersecurity body GetSafeOnline, there were 95,556 scams reported to Police between November 2014 and October 2015.
With so many potential attack surfaces, corporate IT security relies on everyone in the organisation working together to keep data and infrastructure safe. Automated systems like hosted anti-spam can help to protect the network perimeter, but you will always need to involve employees in raising security standards too.
Which is where a building a security-first corporate mindset can come in useful.
Every computer, every user account and every item of software on your company network represents a potential attack point for cybercriminals. Some of these channels are more effective than others, but every device is at risk of compromise.
The modern network has thousands of ‘moving parts’, creating an administrative nightmare for the IT manager. And with the rapid uptake of BYOD and remote working technologies, the problem is only going to get worse.
Although you realise spam presents a large financial burden to your business, it is often difficult to convince other stakeholders of just how big a problem it is. Many will assume that it is simply a personal irritation, or one of the less enjoyable aspects of network management.
Why? Because often the only common language between business units is finance. If you cannot put a euro value on the effect of spam, other executives will not grasp why investment in anti-spam technologies is so important.
So how do you go about calculating the annual cost of spam to your business?
Corporate data is one of your most valuable assets in the information-driven economy, and there are always criminals out to steal it. Unfortunately the threat is not always from outside the business; industrial espionage is a real and present danger.
For many businesses, email is the communications channel of choice. Quick, convenient and auditable, it’s easy to see why that is the case.
However this reliance on email means that businesses also need to protect messages and contents in any way that they can, leading to the development of the email disclaimer.