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Trend Micro Cloud App Security Threat Report 2021

Trend Micro: “In this report, we highlight the notable email threats of 2021, including over 33.6 million high-risk email threats (representing a 101% increase from 2020’s numbers) that we’ve detected using the Trend Micro Cloud App Security platform. Email is an integral cog in the digital transformation machine. This was especially true in 2021, when organizations found themselves trying to keep business operations afloat in the middle of a pandemic that has forever changed how people work. At a time when the workplace had already largely shifted from offices to homes, malicious actors continued to favor email as a low-effort yet high-impact attack vector to disseminate malware. Email is not only popular among cybercriminals for its simplicity but also for its efficacy. In fact, 74.1% of the total threats blocked by Trend Micro in 2021 are email threats. Meanwhile, the 2021 Internet Crime Report by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) states that there was “an unprecedented increase in cyberattacks and malicious cyber activity” last year, with business email compromise (BEC) being among the top incidents. In this report, we discuss the notable email threats of 2021 based on the data that we’ve gathered using the Trend Micro™ Cloud App Security™, a security solution that supplements the preexisting security features in email and collaboration platforms…”

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