Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The first thing you do when you get to the office

Its 9am, you make your coffee and sit in your work seat to start your working day. The first thing you do is to check your Outlook mail, then you work on your PowerPoint presentation and then you insert names and phones in the company Excel database. Office365 is the suite that we most use in a daily basis and in most of the companies that work with data and confidential information for organizations, but… Is it safe? 

As a result of the Redmon expansion, there’s the risk that more threats are happening inside its structure, and more precisely, inside the email. Osterman Research informed in 2017 that 41% of the organizations aren’t sure of what to do when complementing their safety.

The more we use Office365, the more phishing attacks are made, so email security is now a major concern for big and small organizations. Security offers in Microsoft aren’t solving most of the Office 365 email threats, what made that the 35% of the providers to ask for more security in third-party emails. 

The main threat is how often phishing attacks are happening. Microsoft is still not saying anything about it, but it’s estimated that that identity theft is around a frequency of 1.3 accounts per month by using stolen credentials. This means an average of 16 accounts per year per organization. Right now, phishing is not an important issue for organizations but as it is rising and the new techniques they’re using, it will be.

One of the main phishing examples is the messages received via email by an account that is simulating being automatic email messages to confirm passwords to compromise your credentials. Another example of phishing in Office 365 is that it is executed by a compromised account so it emulates a notification like the one that Microsoft OneDrive uses but with ransomware inside the PDF. But, why do these messages aren’t filtered? Is Microsoft too big to maintain its ecosystem safe and ready to be used by most of their commercial clients?

Cloud email safety is necessary.  Email filtering can limit the phishing possibilities and compromised accounts inside Office 365. Fraudulent transactions, compromised accounts or malware and ransomware infiltration in the network, email security is probably the more efficient remedy to solve these risks.

Sometimes, the bigger is not always the safer. And even if the email manager has a lot or too little security, the most important safety method is you. Check every email and don’t trust people you don’t know. 


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