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Social Media Takes the Cake in New Email TrustIndex

Posted on 8.21.2014

Email is one of the most used methods of communication between businesses and their consumers.

To maintain consumer trust, it is critical that companies, both small and large, fortify their security on the channel in order to prevent hackers from getting into or spoofing their accounts (email’s sent from a forged sender address) and sending malware to their consumers.

Agari, a provider of real-time security solutions against email cyberthreats, has released their 2014 Q2 edition of their Email TrustIndex.

Within the report, Agari states that the sector that saw the highest increase in volume of threats was travel at 800 percent. Despite the travel sector's sharp increase in the volume of threats they experienced, mega banks recorded the highest volume of threats out of all sectors.

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The sector with the lowest TrustScore was health care where 13 out of 14 companies analyzed were classified as “easy targets” for cybercriminals. Conversely, the social media sector had a near perfect TrustScore.

“Quarter after quarter we are witnessing industries struggle with email security,” said Patrick Peterson, founder and CEO of Agari. “We see countless high-profile breaches in the news where email is a stepping stone in the attack or is leveraged post-attack to steal credentials, begging the question ‘Why are these industries not protecting themselves and their customers?’”

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