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IT security professionals are “more confident” in their email security systems than they were last year, according to newly published research from Barracuda Networks. But is that confidence misplaced?

The “2019 Email Security Trends” special report  is based upon a study of 660 IT security professionals globally. However, 20 percent of the responses were from the EMEA region, and it is those findings that SC Media UK is going to focus upon.

Some 52 percent of those asked were confident that their company systems and data was more secure than when compared to 2018, with 42 percent  thinking things were much the same. Yet at the same time, when it came to email attacks specifically, 23 percent  of those EMEA respondents admitted they had never had any email threat training and only 39 percent  (compared to 48 percent  globally) had increased spending on email security.

So is that confidence in email security systems misplaced somewhat?

“Instead of focusing on preventing threats, enterprises should assume that attacks will be successful, and put in place controls to mitigate their impact,” Iván Blesa insists, concluding “closing the gap between an intrusion and its detection should become a main objective for enterprises…”

Read the full article, originally published in SC Magazine.

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