The email threat: Key concerns of EMEA IT stakeholders and the vital role of staff training

Despite the variety of sophisticated email-borne threats from ransomware to phishing and everything in between, IT security leaders must also consider their organisation’s weakest link: its employees.

Email is the ubiquitous, indispensable business IT system. But email was built for a different time, when cyber-threats were few and far between.  

Despite the variety of sophisticated email-borne from ransomware to phishing and everything in between, IT security leaders must also consider their organisation’s weakest link: its employees. 

The Email Threat: Key Concerns of EMEA IT Stakeholders and the Vital Role of Staff Training from Barracuda shines a light on the scale and impact of the email security challenges facing IT security practitioners.

This whitepaper, supported by a survey of IT security leaders across EMEA, has found: 

Email threats are increasing, costs are going up and the impact on IT and staff productivity is escalating.  

New tools like AI can help mitigate these threats, but the vast majority also believe that end-user training and awareness programmes are a vital pre-requisite to improving email security. 

Europe is said to suffer the highest economic impact of cybercrime in the world.  

EU-wide legislation enacted in May, the GDPR and NIS Directive, will mandate strict new rules around cybersecurity and data protection.