Is your email safe from the latest email security threats?

According to recent data from Trend Micro, the amount of email-based security risks is on the rise again.

There were more than 33.6 million cloud email threats prevented in 2021, according to the company’s most recent report, which is based on data from companies that enhance native security as well as platforms like Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace.

Emails containing previously unknown virus saw a 221 percent increase in traffic last year. Email security services stopped 3.3 million harmful files, a 134% increase from 2020 in terms of known malware. Phishing attempts were 16.5 million, up 138% from the previous year. The number of credential phishing assaults increased by 15%, reaching 6.3 million.

On the downswing: Ransomware

The good news is that ransomware detections have decreased. According to the data, ransomware detections decreased by 43% year over year, with the authors speculating that the decrease may be due to an increase in the specificity of ransomware assaults. It also noted that Trend Micro has improved its ability to stop some of the most common ransomware affiliate tools.

Ransomware, on the other hand, saw an 11% decline in BEC detections, but only for attacks discovered using conventional technologies. 83 percent more BEC attacks were detected thanks to Trend Micro’s AI-powered writing style analysis function, indicating that fraudsters may be becoming more adept.

Since email remains the most prevalent method of attack for cybercriminals, this is a strong sign from Trend Micro.

As threats evolve and the corporate attack surface grows, “email remains a big concern to enterprises,” said Jon Clay, the company’s vice president of threat intelligence, in a press release.

A platform-based strategy is the strongest defence against these threats, allowing for simplified prevention, detection, and reaction without limitations.