Phishing attacks are among the most common types of cyber attacks hackers use, and they use them often and on everyone, both regular people and businesses.They are such a commonplace today that by the end of 2017, an average user was receiving around 16 malicious emails every month. That essentially means that every person on the planet with an email account gets about a dozen malicious emails each month.
That’s a huge number, but businesses are not faring any better. 83% of cybersecurity professional reported that they experienced phishing attacks in 2018.
These numbers are indeed disturbing, but thankfully, most phishing attacks end up being unsuccessful. However, it only takes one employee to make an easy mistake of opening a malicious link or attachment in a seemingly regular email for your company to lose millions of dollars.
It’s better to be safe than to be a victim of a phishing attack and with that in mind, we’ll give you some easy tips that will end improving your cybersecurity.
Everyone in the Company Should Learn How to Identify and Avoid Phishing Emails
Phishing attacks cannot be successful if people know how to identify phishing emails. Now, even though these emails are sometimes hard to distinguish from legitimate emails, some qualities tend to give them away.
People behind these scams usually use the image of a real company with their logo, and the name of an actual employee of the company as the sender of the email, to pretend that is legitimate, but the real purpose of this fraudulent emails is to steal your personal data.
Teach The Personnel In The Company How to Avoid Phishing Scams
Being wary of phishing attacks often should involve all the personnel in the company to learn how to be protected against phishing scams. It’s relatively simple, and everyone should know the mantra of never risking anything when they have the slightest doubt of the legitimacy of a specific email. Employees are actually a very important line of defense against cyber scams that affect businesses, and education on email security is crucial.
Use Multi-Factor Authentication as a Necessary Layer of Security
Every important application used in the network of the company should have a 2-factor authentication system installed, as it provides an extra layer of protection against cybercriminals. It’s simple and yet highly efficient.
Never Click Links in an Email That Seems Suspicious
Every employee needs to know that links in important emails should not be clicked. If you can’t identify that the email is coming from a legitimate source, it’s far better to reject the email or report the email to your IT support, so they can analyze it.
Banks and Other Regular Business Will Never Ask Users to Send Personal Information via Email
If an email from your bank or other reputable organization asks that, you’ll know that the email is not legitimate. It is a simple piece of information that every person in your company should remember.
Get or Improve Your Email Security Software
In the end, the best way to completely protect your business is to get or strengthen current email protection system against phishing attacks. Advanced email protection provides real-time protection through detection and avoidance of all the advanced email threats.
If you employ all of these simple tips in your efforts to protect yourself and your company from phishing attacks, you can be confident that your business will remain safe and secure.
Author: Rui Serra
With degrees in Computer Engineering and Marketing, Rui started his career managing training documentation for IT Training and consulting firms. He then joined Nokia Siemens Networks as a Documentation Specialist and Project Scrum Master before joining AnubisNetworks in 2009, where he has advanced from managing documentation to Product Manager for the growing Product Portfolio.