Nowadays, businesses rely heavily on email as their main communication tool between other businesses and their customers. With over 270 billion emails sent and received each day, email is an important form of communication that we all use daily for our work and in our personal lives. However, inboxes are constantly under attack. Phishing emails and malware are easily sent through email and can attack your system if it is not properly protected. According to Verizon 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, 92.4% of malware is delivered via email. Therefore, email is the #1 method for hackers to send malware to a user. With email being such a high target for phishing attacks and malware, protecting your company’s email system is crucial.

ICC offers a product called Proofpoint Essentials that can help stop phishing emails from disrupting your email system. Compatible with Office 365, this additional SPAM filter will help catch phishers and email fraud. It can control all aspects of inbound and outbound email and adds an extra level of protection to your email system.

Proofpoint Essentials quarantines suspicious emails and then sends the user an email to let you preview, approve, or block emails. It is an added layer of protection for you and your email system. Realizing that SPAM filters cannot be 100% effective and an email or two may slip through the cracks, ICC can train you and your employees to identify and properly deal with potential threats.

More than 90% of targeted attacks begin with email, and an email attack can have significant effects on downtime, productivity, data loss, or even financial loss. For a few dollars a month, you can protect your business and employees from email threats, or you can have your emails encrypted to further protect the content from unintended eyes and to make sure it reaches the correct recipient.

Overall, 76% of organizations say they experienced phishing attacks in 2017, according to Wombat 2018 State of the Phish. By the end of 2017, the average user was receiving 16 malicious emails per month (Symantec 2018 ISTR). That’s almost 200 potential attacks to one email address per year!

The email SPAM filter is just one component of protecting your email and your organization. If you are looking for more information on the Proofpoint Essentials product or additional ways to protect your email system, reach out to Integrated Computer Consulting (ICC) today! 970.419.0602.