It’s crucial for individuals and organizations to take email security seriously, especially given the prevalence of cyber-attacks targeting email communications. It’s important to understand the potential pitfalls of email communication, including the risks to confidentiality, integrity, availability, and compliance.

Implementing email security measures such as encryption, digital signatures, access controls, and intrusion detection systems can help mitigate these risks and prevent attacks such as:

  • Phishing: This is a common type of email attack where cyber criminals use social engineering tactics to trick recipients into divulging personal information such as login credentials or credit card numbers.
  • Spear-phishing: This is a more targeted form of phishing, where cyber criminals target specific individuals or organisations to gain sensitive information.
  • Malware attachments: This type of email attack involves sending an email with an attachment that contains malicious software, such as a virus or Trojan horse. When the recipient downloads and opens the attachment, the malware is installed on their computer.
  • Ransomware: This is a type of malware that encrypts a victim’s files and demands a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption key.
  • Business Email Compromise (BEC): BEC attacks involve cyber criminals posing as company executives or suppliers and requesting employees to transfer funds or sensitive data.
  • Email spoofing: This is a technique used to send emails that appear to come from a trusted source, such as a colleague or friend, but are from a malicious actor.
  • Man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks: MITM attacks involve intercepting email communications and redirecting them to a third party, allowing the attacker to access sensitive information.

Being vigilant and cautious when receiving emails, verifying the sender, and double-checking any requests for sensitive information or financial transactions is also crucial to prevent falling victim to these attacks.

And of course, seeking help is always a good idea when in doubt or need of further assistance, reach out to our Cyber Security division by sending an e-mail to