How to stop security threats early

By cyber security expert and J2 CEO John Mc Loughlin

Johannesburg, 27 Oct 2021
J2 CEO John Mc Loughlin.
J2 CEO John Mc Loughlin.

An always-on, cloud-based e-mail security solution is critical in today's complex cyber security environment. Every business needs comprehensive protection, including a cloud-based e-mail security solution that reduces the complexity of protecting companies from malware, spam and data leakage.

Multi-vector attacks, phishing, BEC, insider threats and brand impersonation require a pervasive security strategy. It involves a combination of proactive defence to stop threats even before they’re deployed, blocking threats from e-mail and the web, and remediating internal incidents to return to business as usual as quickly as possible.

Flexible and granular controls will help administrators protect against inbound threats, including phishing, spear-phishing and denial of service attacks, and prevent sensitive and secure content from leaving the company.

Company-wide security policies are managed from a single interface and can be applied with immediate effect, enabling a faster response to rapidly evolving situations. This can easily be done via a self-serve via Outlook, a native Mac app, browser and mobile apps, for actions including quarantine management and blocked senders, helping improve their productivity and reduce the burden on IT.

Businesses require a unique approach to e-mail security, one that can provide a zero drag pass-through Secure Email Gateway service – as a foundation to build a tailored protection suite for the company. One can also use an advanced mail transfer agent (MTA) that acts as an e-mail bridgehead in the cloud, stopping known and emerging e-mail borne threats before they reach the network.

Improving one’s cyber resilience takes place seamlessly by extending coverage to further enhance security and control. Using the visibility derived from targeted threat protection, data leak prevention, e-mail encryption, content controls, monitoring and even large file send tools, businesses can ensure a better user experience that is secure by nature.

Blocking ransomware

Ransomware continues to rise and isn’t going away. Companies protect their systems and data with a multitude of security tools designed to block ransomware, but siloed tools can mean slower incident response times, incomplete risk assessments and challenges managing the tools.

By combining the power of one's security information and event management (SIEM) with e-mail security and threat remediation, it's easy to stay ahead of bad actors. Block ransomware and improve security awareness across the company by utilising e-mail security, threat remediation and awareness training within your security ecosystem.

Stop business e-mail compromise

The biggest challenge is that users are moving quickly to get their work done and are often undertrained to spot suspicious messages, making them highly susceptible to clicking on a malicious link in their e-mail. Threat actors take advantage of this by leveraging sophisticated threats to get users to hand over their credentials, wire money or share sensitive data, putting that user and the company at risk.

The solution is to stay ahead of bad actors and prevent business e-mail compromise with the power of an integrated security ecosystem. It is impossible to manage what one cannot see and when businesses deploy a practical and well managed cyber resilience program, they gain this visibility. Visibility provides the capability to respond. When one has the capability to respond, the cyber risk and one’s attack surface is greatly reduced.

Ending supply chain impersonation

Most businesses protect their own perimeter from phishing attacks, but don't protect against attacks within their supply chain. Threat actors exploit this trust to spread threats throughout the supply chain, either using the company or a trusted vendor as the middleman.

An integrated security ecosystem will help inform SIEM, SOAR or other security tools to make it easier to respond and remediate threats whether they come from a compromised or impersonated trusted partner.

Block brand exploitation

Increasingly sophisticated attackers are hoodwinking their targets by posing as trusted senders and brands, getting them to hand over login details, personal information and money. This puts the spoofed organisation at risk of brand and reputational damage, financial loss, stolen data and compliance fines.

There are solutions that help businesses proactively hunt for potential attacks, easily implement DMARC and quickly respond to and remediate threats from your environment. Integrating a security ecosystem allows one to better protect the company, while also better understanding and improving the company’s risk posture.

Prevent credential harvesting

More than half of companies have experienced a credential harvesting attack in the last 12 months. These threats are designed to evade traditional e-mail security scans and entice users to take the bait. To add to the challenge, IT and security teams have to manage a plethora of tools to keep their organisation safe, respond to incidents quickly and educate users.

One can protect users’ credentials and the company with a single solution. E-mail security, threat remediation and browser isolation help businesses stay ahead of bad actors and protect users in e-mail and on the web. Awareness training can also help turn suspicious messages into teaching moments and improve security awareness across the entire company.



J2 (

J2 is a security focused African technology business founded in 2006 to address the need for effective cybersecurity, governance, risk and compliance solutions in Africa.

The continued rise of cybercrime, identity theft and confidential data leakage drives the requirement for J2’s managed security service offerings, not only for competitive advantage, but as an absolute business necessity. The company offers managed cyber security services for every business. We ensure that you have greater visibility to identify risky behaviour and enhance the capability to respond to prevent losses.

J2 delivers essential tools that empower organisations to take control of their technology spend. The company's hand-picked solutions provide complete visibility over its customers' environment, while reducing risk and lowering costs.

J2 has provided services and solutions to renowned enterprise corporations with sites running in South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Australia, UK and Malta.

Editorial contacts

Ivor van Rensburg
IT Public Relations
(082) 652 8050
John Mc Loughlin
J2 Software
(021) 461 1223