The ability to distinguish legitimate emails from malicious ones is a new skill set that business owners need to acquire. Ignoring hundreds of spam emails every month is one thing, dealing with malware and ransomware attacks that could cost your company millions in damages is entirely different.

Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report shows that 55% of emails employees received in 2018 were categorized as spam. With 1 in 412 emails being potentially harmful and considered malicious.

Based on Symantec’s findings the following chart shows which subjects, keywords, and attachments are most often used in malicious emails and considered significant red flags to employees.
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Where Malicious Spam Comes From

Approximately 52 percent of all e-mails sent worldwide last year were ads or spam emails. China accounts for 12% of global spam as the largest contributor. The United States follows in 2nd place with 9%, and Germany taking 3rd with 7%. In good news though, the total spam traffic in 2018 was 4 percent lower than it was in 2017.

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