In 2018, 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 techniques are being adopted continually, it’s important to keep employees in the know of the latest scams. Staying up to date on email scams will reduce the chance of employees falling victim to phishing. Furthermore, employers and employees should take the time to meet with cyber security professionals to learn of the latest ways to keep their inbox secure and best practices when opening emails.
Think before you click
When an employee receives an email from a trusted site or trusted source, its much less likely to be a malicious email. It’s common to receive emails from a reputable companies on the daily basis, this is why phishing is so common. Scammers disguise emails as reputable companies to increase their chances 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 identification. When in doubt, go directly to the source rather than clicking an unverified link.
Education is key
The biggest step an employer could take to prevent employees from exposing themselves to a phishing attack: education. As a general rule, no personal or financial information should be shared over the internet. Users should never input sensitive information into links they clicked on over email. No email sent or received should have sensitive 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.