Busting Email Security Myths
Date of publication
Sept 17, 2020
FALSE. While many dangerous emails do contain links or files, it doesn’t mean that emails that don’t have files can’t be dangerous. Phishing and BEC have become popular threats because they don’t rely on links or files: they use social engineering to accomplish their objectives.
IT DEPENDS. Email security can quickly get complicated. If you want your users to contribute to email security, they need to be regularly trained on the threats they can face. As long as your users receive regular training, they can be an invaluable piece of the cybersecurity puzzle.
IT DEPENDS. Having more granular filtering parameters certainly gives you more flexibility to personalize your filtering preference, but at a cost. The risk is in the time spent personalizing. Sure, you could spend 3 hours a day crafting rules that address problems and be perfectly content. But if you’re lacking the time to babysit your filtering, this time sink is not an acceptable tradeoff.
FALSE. When a filtering solution has been set up correctly, you shouldn’t feel the need to check the quarantine daily. Checking the quarantine too frequently is a sign of False Positives, either real or imagined, and should be taken as an indication that something isn’t right.
TRUE. This one is kinda true. Email filtering done properly is complicated. Letting all good emails through while blocking all bad emails is a tough challenge. That doesn’t mean it has to be tough on your users or your IT team. The right email filtering solution should give you enough control to personalize your experience but not overwhelm you with too many options.
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