8 Ways to Protect Your Employees from Phishing
Hackers are taking advantage of the current crisis by increasing their focus on targeting Phishing based hacks.
Email phishing is now known to cause over 80% of successful hacks and is a worrying threat for all businesses and users. Protecting your business should be a cybersecurity focus for your company and in this blog we look at 8 ways you can do that.
What is Email Phishing?
Phishing is a form of social engineering that aims to either; steal your data, steal your credentials or obtain your financial information. It usually arrives in the form of an email that entices you to click on a link.
Once that has been done; the attack will try to obtain your credentials or download some malicious software to your device that will then launch the next phase of the attack.
Current examples of Phishing
A recent phishing campaign used Microsoft reputation to try and get users to click on a link that would then start the attack. The Office 365 phishing scam has hit a large number of people in Europe and Asia and is growing fast.
Another popular phishing scam used Covid-19 as a way to dupe users in to click on links that would then start its attack. The Covid-19 phishing attack has had a lot of success from its creators and is also stil spreading across the world.
8 ways to protect your business from Phishing emails
Train your employees on Cybersecurity: Your users are only as good as the training and awareness they have received. The training process need not be expensive and can be a short video with a quick test and that is repeated 2 to 4 times per year.
Use email spam solutions: Stopping spam is not easy but having the right protection level can be extremely useful. Solutions such as Mimecast Email Security provide an effective layer of protection against phishing emails.
Deploy DMARC,SPF and DKIM: Probably the Rolls Royce of protection, protecting your email domain with DMARC can significantly reduce phishing emails.
Ensure Anti-Virus is updated: Nearly all commercial Anti-virus products can be configured to auto-update daily. Doing this as an essential process can save a lot of issues in the event of an attack.
Email content awareness: If an email addresses your users as Sir, Madam, Friend, you can assume that it’s a potential phishing attempt.
Train users on how to check the emails: Emails will always have a reply-to and from address. Often, hackers try to mask that by ensuring that the display name is something generic. Hovering over the word or link will reveal the address and inform you if it’s from a suspect domain.
Do not respond to emails asking for personal information: Whilst you think this is common sense, many people fall for this. Often hackers will attempt to befriend the victim by using a name they think the victim knows. It assumes that the victim will then reply
Report the emails: The majority of email software now can report phishing emails. If you are unsure of the email or want to raise it as an issue, right-click over it and report it.
We hope the above helps you and your users in protecting yourself from email phishing.
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