Cybercrime is an increasingly frequent, costly, and agile threat to businesses of any size. Unfortunately, small business email security is the most susceptible to email phishing scams and often suffer the most when a breach occurs.

According to the FBI, there’s been a dramatic increase in activity since COVID-19.  The bureau reports a 300% increase in cybercrime reports in the US since the pandemic’s onset. Many of these attacks are heavily targeting smaller companies and their newly-remote workforce using classic and effective email spoofing techniques.

Their Guards Are Down

Small businesses often lack the email security infrastructure afforded to larger, more established companies. Instead, they often rely on company-wide awareness and employee vigilance against email impersonation attacks.

Without the luxury of a robust IT department, the burden falls on the actual employees to avoid falling for cleverly delivered emails from cybercriminal. Neither leaders nor employees at small businesses have cybercrime prevention within the scope of their job, nor the resources to implement the safeguards necessary to protect the company against the threat of email spoofing scams. To effectively fortify against impersonation attacks would require a concerted effort within the company. Doing so effectively and consistently requires a major cultural shift.

Email Impersonation or Spoofing Attacks Hit Small Businesses Harder

Small business email security is not only more susceptible to email spoofing attacks, but they also suffer more costly damage when a breach does occur.

Proactive measures can mitigate the threat of email impersonation attacks and reduce the chance of a costly breach. Knowledge about these techniques is the first place to start.

The unfavorable success rates of running a small business were well-known even before COVID. The pandemic made that business climate even more precarious, blindsiding the United States workforce with a wave of closures and lay-offs, adding a layer of difficulty to an already challenging landscape for small businesses. This new difficulty is compounded by the cybercriminals that exploit it.

When a security breach does occur, it can spell the end for a small company already stretched to stay afloat and on course amidst the new economic uncertainty. However, there are effective ways a business can safeguard against email spoofing.

Small Business Email Security Can Easily Be Improved

Proactive measures can mitigate the threat of email impersonation attacks and reduce the chance of a costly breach. Knowledge about these techniques is the first place to start.

Employees at every level should understand and watch for the known telltales of deceptive emails, and how to effectively vet messages and their senders. The safest route is trusting a professional service that offers protection against email spoofing and other email phishing attacks, allowing employees to focus on more value-adding efforts for their business.

Cloudphish is trusted as an industry leader in email security, integrating directly with your inbox to ensure every email is validated and safe for employees to interact with.

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