In 2019, there were over 3.93 billion active email users. And despite the growth and popularity of mobile messengers and chat apps, email remains an integral part of daily online life.
However, the inbox simultaneously represents a target vector too tempting for cyber-criminals to ignore. Unfortunately, traditional approaches to email security use hard-coded rules and a knowledge of historical attacks for detection.
Cyber-criminals know this, and are circumventing traditional defenses with innovative methods. In some cases, they are even leveraging AI to super-charge their attacks.
Peter Firstbrook, VP Analyst at Gartner, summarizes the security landscape well: “Common controls, such as standard, reputation-based, anti-spam, and signature-based antivirus, are fine for widespread attacks and scam campaigns, but they’re not good enough for protection against more targeted, sophisticated, and advanced attacks. More than ever, modern email security requires innovation and a shift.”
And with 94% of attacks coming through the inbox, organizations need to rethink their strategy more than ever before.
Darktrace is the world’s leading cyber AI company and the creator of autonomous response technology. Its Antigena Email module protects against email attacks of all kinds, from supply chain account takeovers to social engineering – even to detecting compromised employee credentials.
Read this threat report from Darktrace to discover how Cyber AI can:
- Recognize a phishing attack against a US Municipality address book at ‘A’, while legacy tools wake up at ‘R’
- Detect compromised employee email credentials due to an anomalous login from rural Japan
- Uncover malicious links from a known, white list sender at an environmental consultancy firm
What is clear from the 12 case studies examined in this threat report is that a unified and bespoke understanding of an organization’s entire digital estate is needed to defend against the most subtle instances of attack.
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