November 19, 2018
According to Warren Buffett, cyber-attacks is mankind’s number one problem.
This brilliant investor knows what he’s talking about when it comes to business, and his billionaire status strongly backs him up. In 88 years of his life, he has seen it all, and as he himself said “best thing I did was choosing the right heroes”.
Everyone needs a hero to step up for them and put the villains in their place. But who are they?
If cyber-attacks are a threat, then hackers are the villains who threaten your business. It’s not some mysterious and enigmatic image of a person who’s really good with computers. It’s a criminal that picks the lock from your door and puts your furniture on sale, only in the virtual world.
And they do it without leaving their armchair. They are not geniuses, far from it. They are the hyenas that capitalize on the ignorance of people around them.
“When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results.”
Pretty interesting, but not pleasant. According to Microsoft, the potential cost of cyber-crime to the global community is a mind-boggling $500 billion, and a data breach will cost the average company about $3.8 million.
While average cost of a data breach is $3.8 million, some businesses lose way more money. Home Depot retail chain suffered a devastating loss of $179 million in settlements with consumers and credit card companies!
The breach came to life after a hacker used vendor’s username and password to infiltrate Home Depot computer network. Basic phishing email opened up the floodgates, allowing the intruder to use custom-built malware to access shoppers’ payment card information.
Atlanta based home improvement retailer did not admit wrongdoing but agreed to improve data security and hire a chief information security officer to oversee its progress. Talk about being late to the party!
Being hacked is a miserable experience that can be compared with falling through thin ice into the freezing water. It only takes one reckless move to go under, and after that, you’re left flapping around with a drenched outfit. That outfit is your reputation.
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
When your impenetrable aura is gone, the investors, partners, clients are gone too. The risk and consequences are too high, and every step you take plays a role in this game of business chess.
“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”
Well, let’s get to know what we need to do to protect our business from cyber threats.
Corporate email is the most valuable digital asset your company has. You use it for communication. It is a storage with the information on your other accounts, and your go-to place every morning outside of the weekends.
It connects you with other parties and keeps you afloat in the crazy business environment.
In the same time, email is extremely fragile, as the priority of regular emails is messaging, not security. Regular emails are sent and received according to SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) that transmit the content of your email via plain text.
That means the confidential data travels through 3rd party servers without any protection. SMTP is a thin ice we talked about earlier. Through SMTP, hackers can intercept, edit and delete your emails, taking your business hostage.
So, how can that be countered? How can you ensure secure business email transferring and a stable position for your business? Who’s that hero that will fend off the hackers? How can you get email security for your business?
“Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks do.”
StealthMail is an email encryption service that takes its military experience to the masses, giving you a chance to exchange secure emails without any hassle.
It is achieved with a simple ploy – emails are not exposed to the Public Internet, as they travel to a secure storage inside your own company in encrypted form.
Encryption in itself is a process of making your letter “invisible” to attackers. Instead of seeing your letter in plain text, hackers see an empty screen!
“The first rule is not to lose. The second rule is not to forget the first rule.”
That’s only one of the steps to a total security, StealthMail is a unique email security solution because it offers you a protected channel of communication.
The emails are stored on the cloud or a server of your own company, and the only letter you send via SMTP is a Stealth Link that doesn’t have much power on its own.
To get your hands on the stored email, you have to go through an identity verification policy. This means that only verified personalities can get the tools that can turn the encrypted letter into its original form.
End-to-end encryption is the basis of this solution, completely ruling out the possibility of spear phishing within StealthMail.
The undeniable benefits of StealthMail are delivered to you on the silver platter, as it comes in the form of Microsoft Outlook add-in email protection, a mobile and desktop app.
StealthMail doesn’t require a mind-blowing integration; it is an easy-to-handle product that doesn’t interfere in the existing IT infrastructure of your company. You can still send secure email in Outlook and keep your working tempo upbeat!
“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.”
Don’t make yourself a target by continuing to send the confidential data through unprotected servers. Find out more details about the email security for your business at StealthMail.com where you can also schedule a free consultation with us to get more information about the product.