Annual “The State of Email Security” report also finds 47% were infected by ransomware
Mimecast Limited, a leading email security and cyber resilience company, today announced the publication of its “The State of Email Security” report. The report shows enterprises faced unprecedented cybersecurity risk in 2020 from increasing attack volume, the pandemic-driven digital transformation of work, and generally deficient cyber preparedness and training. The fifth annual “The State of Email Security,” report is based on a global survey of 1,225 information technology and cybersecurity leaders, and supported by Mimecast’s Threat Center data, which screens more than one billion emails per day.
Ransomware Looms Large
A full 85% of South African respondents indicated their companies had experienced a business disruption, financial loss or other setback in 2020 due to a lack of cyber preparedness. Respondents identified ransomware as the chief culprit behind these disruptions. Other insights include:
Threat Actors Exploit the Pandemic
While ransomware was a big problem for organizations in 2020, it wasn’t the only one. Mimecast’s “The State of Email Security” report also revealed additional threat trends, including:
All of these data points can be attributed to the pandemic: work-from-home increased email and collaboration tool usage, and threat actors sought to capitalise on the new “digital office” with massive waves of COVID-19-related social engineering attacks.
Cyber Preparedness is Lacking
Despite facing an elevated threat volume, the report found that companies aren’t doing well in the area of threat prevention. In addition to the 85% of South African respondents who indicated a lack of cyber preparedness, other notable findings include:
Given these factors, it’s not surprising that 65% of South African survey respondents believe their business will be harmed by email attacks in the next year. In 2020, only 47% of respondents said they felt this way.