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Mimecast to demo email-borne cyberattacks

Experts from the IT security vendor will also perform live email hacks at GITEX Technology Week

Bekker says email remains the main cyberattack vector.
Bekker says email remains the main cyberattack vector.

IT security Mimecast Limited is coming to GITEX Technology Week 2017 to discuss and highlight how organisations can build a comprehensive cyber resilience strategy for email.

Experts from the vendor will also perform live email hacks and demonstrate how organisations can protect themselves against advanced cyberattacks, like spear-phishing and impersonation fraud with Mimecast's range of services.

Brandon Bekker, managing director, Mimecast MEA, said: "Striving to implement a comprehensive cyber resilience strategy is a paradigm shift in cybersecurity, where organisations are focusing not just on combating attacks but on ensuring continuity during an attack and fast recovery after a threat is neutralised."

According to a recent survey Mimecast commissioned from Vanson Bourne, only 30% of respondents said they have adopted a complete cyber resilience strategy, with about one-third still in the early stages of development or planning.

Bekker said the low rate of adoption - and ultimately, preparedness - has consequences: 64% think they will suffer a negative business impact from cybercriminal activity this year. "To achieve a comprehensive cyber resilience strategy, organisations need to first assess the actual capabilities of their current email security service," he said.

Bekker said email continues to remain the attack vector for delivering security threats such as ransomware, impersonation and malicious files or links. "More than 90% of cyberattacks start in email and while email itself is seldom the end goal for the attackers, over 70% of these attacks lead to other systems in the network," he noted." These email attacks predominantly feature techniques such as spear-phishing, ransomware and impersonation of key employees."

Using GITEX 2017 as a platform, Mimecast will highlight how its cloud-based email security services and capabilities of targeted threat protection including internal email protect, a cloud-based security service providing threat capabilities for internally generated email, helps reduce the risk, complexity and costs traditionally associated with protecting email.

"At GITEX 2017, we plan to make visitors aware of the top cyberattack techniques being adopted by cybercriminals and demonstrate how to defend against these attacks and human errors," Bekker added.