Think cybersecurity isn’t your problem? Here's why you're wrong

Posted by Jaclyn McRae on 04 April 2017 10:25:24 AEST

Email fraud, attacks, shutdowns, disruptions. They’re increasingly common occurrences, often with surprisingly innocuous beginnings.

More than 90% of cyber attacks start with an email – usually in the form of phishing, a tactic used by fraudsters to trick people into revealing sensitive information such as user names, passwords, and even credit card details.

The fast rise of cybercrime – and its huge economic ramifications – has forced governments around the world to take stock. Many corporates have quickly added a seat in the boardroom for the function.

In releasing Australia’s first Cyber Security Strategy last April, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said cybersecurity can no longer be ignored, or left in the hands of the IT department. Government statistics say the average cybercrime incident costs $276,323 to recover from.

“We must convince leaders, at board level and corporate sector and government levels, that cyber is one of their essential functions,” Mr Turnbull said.

Today, cyber threats come thick and fast. Two thirds of the 205 billion emails sent around the globe each day are said to contain unwanted content, and studies have found just 3% of people could consistently identify the difference between a phishing email and a legitimate message when presented with 10 samples.

To help educate executives about the new world of risk, cybersecurity expert Craig McDonald, CEO of Australian email security pioneer MailGuard, has penned a jargon-free guide to navigating cybercrime.

In under 60 minutes, Surviving the Rise of Cybercrime helps leaders:

  • Identify the specific threats to their business
  • Understand why cybercriminals are targeting their industry
  • Discover why their IT team is struggling to stay ahead of new threats
  • Ascertain their role and responsibilities as a C-level executive or business leader, and 
  • Find out specific steps to educate and empower their staff as the company’s cyber-defence frontline.

Interested to learn more? Download your free copy of Surviving the Rise of Cybercrime.

Try MailGuard free of charge: Experience our world-leading email filtering and discover a cleaner inbox, free of spam and malicious threats such as phishing, spear-phishing, malware, ransomware and spyware.

Click here to download your free executive guide, Surviving the Rise of Cybercrime, by MailGuard CEO and founder Craig McDonald.


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