Training Your Employees in Cyber security: Ounce of Phishing Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

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We’ve talked with you before about the vitality of working cybersecurity into your training program for new and existing employees. (read it here!)

When a breach in security happens, it can cause huge problems for your small business and while your employees can be your greatest asset, if they’re not trained properly in cybersecurity, they can become your greatest downfall.

One of the most common types of cyberthreats that can occur is phishing.

What is Phishing? (how can Cyber security services help?)

Phishing is a cyber-attack that uses disguised email as a weapon, making it one of the easiest traps your employees can fall prey to.

A sophisticated phishing attack often disguises itself as something that’s marked important and urgent; something that your employee would definitely want to see – like a message from their bank or doctor or someone higher up in the company. The email will often contain a link or an attachment. As soon as your employee clicks that link or attachment, you’re in trouble. Those links and attachments can either download malware straight onto your employee’s computer or they can continue the rouse and coerce your employee to handing over sensitive, secure information. Either option is bad news.

How can Phishing be prevented?

The first step should be trying to recognize phishing as soon as it comes into your inbox so that you can dispose of the threat right away.

Again, phishing can be tricky as a threat usually disguises itself to look like it’s a trusted communication. Some things right off the bat to be aware of: the logo of the company on the email, the greeting, and the request. Notice if anything looks off about the logo and maybe even check back from an email from the company that you know is legit to see if there’s anything different from how that email looks. If this is a business you’ve worked for before and/or has the correct, secure information about your identity, their greeting will probably be accurate (when it comes to the spelling of your name, your preferred gender as in “Mr.” or “Mrs.”) If it’s a company that supposedly knows your name, but the email gets it wrong or is too generic, that could be a sign of fishing.

And last but not least, notice what the request is. Is it asking for your billing information right away? Is it asking you to click away from your email to do something regarding sensitive information? Those are also red flags.

Even after all those precautions, if a phishing email still manages to get through, there are still other ways you can protect your company’s data and assets: make sure your security software is up to snuff, protect your phone by setting software to update automatically to the most recent security system, and protect your accounts using multi-factor authentication.

Need help getting started with training in order to prevent the pain of a potential phishing scam? Contact us by clicking here to learn how we can guide you in this process.

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