In 2019, phishing attacks are still thriving and relevant. Phishing is a fraudulent action of sending a deceptive email in order to get end users to reveal personal information. No matter how big or small your company is – attackers masquerade as a respectable entity that will trick employees into trusting the sources. So what are some ways to prevent phishing attacks within your organization?
Stay in the know
New phishing methods are quick to adopt. It’s important to keep employees informed of the latest scams. Staying up to date on email tricks will reduce the chance of staff falling victim to phishing. Furthermore, employers and staff should meet with cyber security experts to learn of the current ways to keep their inbox secure. Staff can be encouraged to use best practices when opening emails.
Think before you click
When an employee receives an email from a trusted site or source, its much less likely to be a malicious email. It’s normal to receive emails from a reputable companies on the daily basis, this is why phishing is so common. Scammers mask emails as regular companies to increase odds of getting the end user to click.
End users should hover their cursor over a link prior to clicking. The actual link address will show up at the bottom of the page. It’s important to make this a habit among employees, reading the link will allow for the site designation. When in doubt, go directly to the source rather than clicking an unverified link.
Education is key
A major step an employer could take to prevent staff from exposing themselves to a phishing attack is education. As a rule, no personal or financial information should be shared over the internet. Staff should not input private info into links clicked via email. No email sent or received should have private information. All websites visited should https:// and link checking should become habit.
As malicious email behavior continues, it is crucial for businesses of all sizes to educate themselves on the latest in cybersecurity. To learn more about CompuOne’s cybersecurity training, contact us today.