In today’s business environment, your email security strategy may be comparable to a battlefield—a battlefield requiring you to use defense in depth to shield yourself and your customers against potentially destructive attacks. This is even truer if you are using a large provider.
In 2017, Microsoft reported roughly 28 million active business users for Office 3651. This number is no surprise. Users love their simple solutions, which are accessible from nearly any location and device. Moreover, Microsoft continues to develop its platforms to strengthen protection against threats and offers a good number of security features. Yet the size and visibility of such large organizations can make them high-value targets for cybercriminals.
In 2016, millions of Office 365 users were potentially exposed to the Cerber ransomware attack2. In 2017, Tripwire reported a new type of brute force attack targeted at Office 365 accounts from other cloud services3. Another prominent botnet-style attack affecting around 50% of enterprises, according to Tripwire, was “KnockKnock”—which targeted Office 365 system accounts4. Cybercriminal activities continued into 2018, with attackers using a new phishing attack to bypass Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), according to The Hacker News5.
Compromising business email from a single account gives hackers a platform from which to easily spear phish within and outside the organization.
It is evident—email remains an effective tool for cybercriminals, and adding an additional layer of security matters more than ever.
Make email more secure and available for Office 365
The SolarWinds® Mail Assure™ cloud-based email security solution is designed to help you safeguard Office 365 email by adding an additional layer of security and providing Office 365 integration. Protection against threats, support for business continuity, and email archiving for O365 help enhance your O365 experience, so you can focus on core business activities.
If O365 goes down, there’s no recourse except to wait for a fix, costing you and your customers time and potential lost business. Mail Assure is designed with 24/7 built-in email continuity leveraging a cloud of highly available global data centers. Users can continue to receive, compose, and send email without interruption during outages or downtime.
If you’re looking for email security made affordable and reliable, SolarWinds® Mail Assure™ cloud email security for Office 365 is your answer. Why not give it a try?
Mia Thompson is product marketing manager, Mail Assure at SolarWinds MSP.
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1 “Microsoft Office Now Has 120 Million Business Users,” ZDNet, October 2017. https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-office-365-now-has-120-million-business-users (Accessed September 2018).
2 “Microsoft Office 365 hit with massive Cerber ransomware attack, report,” SC Magazine, June 2016. https://www.scmagazineuk.com/microsoft-office-365-hit-massive-cerber-ransomware-attack-report/article/1477835 (Accessed September 2018).
3 “New Type of Brute Force Attack on Office 365 Accounts,” TRIPWIRE, August 2017. https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/new-type-brute-force-attack-office-365-accounts/ (Accessed September 2018).
4 “KnockKnock’: New Attack on Office 365 Discovered,” TRIPWIRE, October 2017 https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/knockknock-new-attack-on-office-365-discovered/
5 “Email Phishers Using New Way to Bypass Microsoft Office 365 Protections,” The Hacker News, August 2018. https://thehackernews.com/2018/08/microsoft-office365-phishing.html (Accessed September 2018).