Protecting your organisation from cyber compromise – the use of personal or professional emails – why and why not?
Do you use your work or office email on Social Media or for other private use?
With the high rate of compromise, it is not advisable you use your work emails for personal use, especially on social platforms.
In September 2016, researchers revealed that they found about 5 million unique business email credentials stored in hackers’ dump sites and other underground cyber markets.
When the researchers crosschecked the compromised email addresses against the domains of the top 1,000 companies in the FORBES Global 2000 list, they found that 97 percent of those organizations had at least one of their email addresses listed for sale in the underground cyber markets. (Electro-America)
A lot of Businesses have been compromised because their employees use their work emails on less secured sites.
Work email is work email and should remain work email only.
Organizations go a length to protect their infrastructures and a little miss on the part of their Employees who use their email publicly could cause a lot of damage to their reputation and integrity.
Public or social media platforms do not enforce much security disciplines like corporates do.
Also sad that people use same work email & password on social platforms, giving hackers a firsthand advantage to access their work email in the case of a compromise.
Spam and phishing emails may become a thing of concern if your work email is everywhere.
This becomes extra burden for your IT team to curb incursions into your network and storage challenge.
Using work email on social platforms exposes your organization’s email format that fraudsters can maliciously play with and misuse.
Emails can then be simulated/generated for malicious intention.
When you leave an organization, your email goes dead – disabled and finally deactivated….what happens if you have used such for personal use and require access to it?
WHAT CAN YOU DO –
¶ Change your work email to your private/personal email
¶ Use your personal email for personal engagements
¶ Develop an email policy that prohibits the use of work email addresses for personal use.
¶ Educate employees about the policy