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Monday, October 23, 2023

Email, Password, Phone Security - Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Email, Password and Phone Security

What is Email Security? 

The methods and tools used to safeguard email accounts as well as communications fall under the category of email security. Phishing attacks' main target is email, which is also a way of distributing malware and is the largest attack surface for an organization. 


What is Password Security? 

Password security is the integration of policies, procedures, and technologies that improve the security of passwords and authentication mechanisms. It all comes down to knowing how to protect passwords. A password is indeed a type of secret authenticator that must be memorized. 


What is Phone Security? 

Phone Security refers to the defenses put in place to protect sensitive data stored on and transmitted by laptops, smartphones, tablets, wearables, and other portable devices. At the root of mobile device security is the goal of keeping unauthorized users from accessing the enterprise network. 


What are the risks? 


1.      Email Security: Email security is one of the most important infrastructure security measures for an organization. It is also the biggest attack surface for an organization. Some of the security risks for email are as follows:

    • Spoofing and Phishing
    • Vulnerabilities in E-mail Security
    • Domain Squatting
    • Malware via email attachments
    • Spear Phishing attacks and Business E-mail Compromise (BEC)
    • File Format Exploits
    • Configuration Errors


2.      Password Security: Weak passwords are always a major component in any hack. For user convenience, some applications do not enforce password complexity, and as a result, users use simple passwords such as password, password123, Password@123, 12345, god, own mobile number, and so on. Weak passwords are not only short in length and character count; they are also easily guessable. Below mentioned are some of the risks that passwords face.

    • Brute Force or Dictionary attacks on weak passwords
    • Cracking of Hashes
    • Reuse of Passwords
    • Educated Guesswork for Brute Force attacks
    • Default Passwords
    • Password embedded in code

3.      Phone Security: Potential risks to Phone Security involves malicious mobile apps, phishing scams, data leakage, Spyware and unsecure Wi-Fi networks. There are 4 major types of Phone Security Threats: 

    • Mobile Application Security Threats
    • Web-Based Mobile Security Threats
    • Mobile Network Security Threats
    • Mobile Device Security Threats

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