BI.ZONE summarises results of the Stay Home initiative
06 August 2020, Moscow — The Stay Home initiative from BI.ZONE has come to an end. The company has been offering free cybersecurity services since the 18 March in support of the Russian business community during the pandemic. More than 100 organisations have taken the opportunity.
Cloud Email Security & Protection (BI.ZONE CESP) was one of such free services. The service protects email against phishing, spam and malicious attachments. During the Stay Home period, over 40% of emails going through BI.ZONE CESP were found to contain traces of malware, phishing, spam and botnet activity. According to the IBM Security report, a data breach costs a company an average of $3.86 million, with the most devastating losses linked to compromised employee accounts. By blocking malicious emails, BI.ZONE CESP prevented potential damage to businesses from cyberattacks and data leaks.
We provided free access to PhishZone — a service that simulates phishing attacks within a company and trains employees to detect fraud. For this specific purpose, the BI.ZONE team designed scenarios related to the pandemic: the target users were prompted to open COVID-19-themed emails. Based on the results of simulations, every fifth employee was tricked into phishing attacks: 20% clicked the link, 9% opened a potentially infected attachment, and 15% voluntarily shared their confidential data. Employees from the financial and IT segments proved to be the most vigilant. Overall, 8,000 staff members were tested with phishing exercises.
Further, BI.ZONE allowed access to the automated security control service — Perimeter Scanner and the automated tools for IT perimeter monitoring — Continuous Penetration Testing (CPT). The companies checked over 70,000 nodes on their external perimeters using these services. The scanning revealed more than 1,700 potential vulnerabilities, while every third application was found to have security misconfigurations. Thus, the businesses could evaluate their state of security and take appropriate measures.
The initiative attracted banks, universities, transport companies, telecom providers, airports, power suppliers and other organisations. Two of our solutions, Perimeter Scanner and PhishZone, will continue to be available for free to protect your data in the changed threat environment.