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Expert: Increase in cyberthreats via email – and how to protect yourself

Published: 24 January 2023, 09:00 Updated: 31 January 2023, 11:09Malicious links via e-mail and employees who leak sensitive data are among the biggest cyber security threats to Swedish organizations. A new survey from the security company Proofpoint shows that almost half of the organizations surveyed have suffered breaches in the past year. – We have solutions to minimize these risks , says Carl Leonard, Cybersecurity Strategist EMEA at Proofpoint. The security company Proofpoint recently launched its report Internal Security Threats – Challenges and Priorities among Swedish Organizations, which is based on interviews with managers of 75 Swedish companies, in both the public and private sectors. Here it appears that nearly half of businesses suffered a data breach or loss of sensitive information in the past 12 months. Credential theft is cited as the number one cause of data breaches followed by lost or stolen devices. Over half of respondents believe insider threats will become an increasingly important cybersecurity issue ga over the next two years.Proofpoint: Email common attack vector There has also been a significant increase in malicious email sent to individuals within organizations. – These now contain more malicious URLs than malicious attachments. The cybercriminals try to get the recipients to interact with malicious websites rather than download malicious software, says Carl Leonard. The emote has been called the world’s most dangerous botnet, and is used, among other things, to send malicious e-mails. After being inactive for four months, it has recently come back to life and is working in high volumes.- Now it uses new techniques to deliver malware. The recipient is tricked into copying files into the Templates folder. If you do that, an infection occurs that installs additional malicious code, explains Carl Leonard. A sophisticated type of crime that cybercriminals now also carry out is the hijacking of email conversations. By then pretending to be a colleague, they try to get other colleagues to click on malicious links.Proofpoint warns of risks in hybrid workEmployees knowingly or unknowingly leaking sensitive data is another problem highlighted in the report. – The fact that many people now work from home has led to employees who leak data outside the organization’s secure IT infrastructure posing the greatest risk in terms of internal threats. The second biggest risk is that you no longer have the same level of visibility into what employees are doing, followed by risks related to remote onboarding of new employees, explains Carl Leonard. Proofpoint has a range of security solutions that meet these challenges and can be easily integrated together. – We have solutions that create control over the organization’s data and insights into how employees use this data, says Carl Leonard and concludes: – We have extensive experience in understanding data, protecting data and detecting insider threats.Download the report from Proofpoint here The article is produced by Brand Studio in collaboration with Proofpoint and not an article by Dagens industri

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