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Mimecast expert addresses email vulnerabilities at RSA conference

Steven Malone discussed top cyber security attack techniques and strategies for building a more resilient human firewall

It is essential that organisations create a ‘human firewall’ because hacking a human is often easier than breaching a business, Malone advises.
It is essential that organisations create a ‘human firewall’ because hacking a human is often easier than breaching a business, Malone advises.

Steven Malone, chief security strategist at Mimecast Limited, provider of email and data security solutions, gave a keynote address at will spoke at the RSA Conference 2016 Abu Dhabi, which took place from 15-16 November 2016 at Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

Malone gave a talk on how ‘91 Percent of Cyberattacks Start with Email: Addressing “Human Firewall” Flaws’.

His session explored top attack vectors such as social engineering attacks, ransomware as well as CEO fraud attacks, the impact that human error has on an organization’s security and an outline of strategies for building a more resilient human firewall.

Malone said, “Organisations are being attacked by cyber criminals with greater frequency and sophistication than ever before. Historically businesses have turned to advanced technology to protect themselves from cyber-attacks, but this approach is just not enough. With more than 90 percent of cyber-attacks using email as the attack vector, it is essential that organisations strengthen their email security strategy as well as create a ‘human firewall’ because hacking a human is often easier than breaching a business.”

“At RSA Conference Abu Dhabi, I spoke about the threats organisations face through socially-engineered email attacks and how to increase awareness of these threats, encourage a behaviour change towards security, and invoke a stronger human firewall to help protect their business from future attacks,” he added.

In its second year, RSA Conference 2016 Abu Dhabi is the premier platform for attendees to learn from the most skilled individuals in cybersecurity, better enabling them to protect their valuable business assets.