Email Security- The Human Factor

We can all attest that the sheer volume of emails we are sending and receiving every day is exploding. Now we have some stats to confirm it.

 According to The Radicati Group’s  Email Statistics Report, 2015 – 2019:

  • There were over 205 billion emails sent and received per day in 2015 alone. This figure is expected to grow at an annual rate of 3%, by as much as 246+ billion emails come year-end 2019.

  • Of the 205 billion, a total of 122 business emails were sent and received per user per day, proof that email remains the primary communication channel in the office.

 The report adds, “email use continues to see strong use in the business world, as well as among consumers. The amount of consumer email continues to grow mainly due to its use for notifications (e.g. for online sales) rather than simply as an interpersonal communication tool.”

 Email Security or Lack Thereof

 So what does this mean to data breach and email security issues?  Unfortunately, the dependency on email has brought with it sophisticated and complex security challenges. A number of attacks and data breaches reported and their costs to organizations are skyrocketing. We have looked into many of the methods used by professional cybercriminals from– phishing, malicious codes, and DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks. But what about insider threats… what about data breach caused by human error, e.g., accidental data leakage from outgoing emails.

According to Vikas Singla, co-founder of Securolytics, “we see many instances where insider attacks to enterprises are accidental, not intentional. Commonly, hackers like to trick an employee into giving out sensitive information by persuading them to click on infected web links or running email attachments containing malware.”

 The email security threat called Human Error

 Accidents happen. In its 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report, “misdelivery is the most frequent error cited by Verizon when it comes to accidental proprietary data disclosures, 30.6%, followed by capacity shortage at 29.5%.”


The report further states that over 60% of incidents are attributable to errors made by internal staff and system administrators.

 “At Securolytics, Vikas Singla continues, “we are dedicated to helping organizations big and small deal with insider threats. We prevent leakage of confidential data via email with our advanced, proactive and behavioral content filtering and encryption capabilities. We are at the forefront of building and implementing the highest level of security even for the accidental occurrence.”

Contact Securolytics to learn more.

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