Operating and securing a business in the cloud can be hard. The rapid evolution of cyberthreats, inevitability of technical failure, and potential for human error are risk factors that organizations simply can't ignore. These risk factors can cause irreparable damage like business disruption, lengthy downtime and data loss. Plus, the complexity and cost involved with addressing these issues continues to increase. As organizations learn to navigate life in the cloud, they need a new level of preparedness.

Email-borne threats are on the rise. So far, this year, the globe has been rocked by two massive malware outbreaks: Petya and WannaCry (aka WannaCrypt0r). Both attacks happening within a month of each other, and both targeting vulnerable Microsoft computers. Each of these global ransomware outbreaks seized hundreds of thousands of systems – from healthcare to government to transportation – across 150 countries.

More than half of organizations surveyed have SEEN THE VOLUME OF CYBERATTACKS INCREASE THIS YEAR – including ransomware, phishing and impersonation fraud.

Despite this worsening security climate, IT decision makers are struggling to keep pace. In fact, less than 20 percent feel completely confident in their ability to spot and defend against cyberattacks. With confidence among these decision makers low, there is a lot at stake. After all, attackers are after more than just your money. Many want to get their hands on corporate data, credentials and other valuable intellectual property; some want to take your business offline or put your system into lockdown; and others want to destroy your good reputation. Are you willing to put all of this at risk?

Attacks like Petya and WannaCry are preventable – if you have the right strategy in place to protect your organization. You can no longer stand in front of your C-suite or Board and claim a prevention-focused security plan alone is enough. What worked for email security just six or twelve months ago is no longer sufficient, and the days of relying exclusively on basic anti-spam and anti-virus protection are gone. It's time to start thinking holistically about protecting your business operation – it's time to implement a cyber resilience strategy to safeguard against email-borne threats and mitigate risk. 

By Matthew Gardiner,
Senior Product Marketing Manager

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