Phishing is possibly the single most dangerous form of cyber attack facing individuals and corporations in today’s world because it exploits people rather than systems. At a very high level, phishing is any form of attack that trades on the trust of a person or corporation to reveal some information they wouldn’t normally reveal. Telemarketing scams that attempt to get someone on the phone to reveal their social security number or credit card information are technically phishing attempts, they call it Vishing (Voice Phishing) but it is the same thing. In this article, we’re concerned with spam email
Office 365’s security features won’t protect users from all cybersecurity threats.
Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 user base is growing at a steady rate. Since the office platform first outperformed Google Apps in 2015, it’s seen a constant uptick in activity. Now, Microsoft reports it counts its Office 365 users in the hundreds of millions. However, enterprise usage does not always equal enterprise value – particularly when it comes to cybersecurity. Cloud-based technology like Office 365 is more secure than most on-premises solutions within the reach of small to mid-sized businesses. While the cloud platform
Filtering and time-of-click protection can produce results where training fails.
First, the facts: Employees who are unaware of the dangers of phishing are far more likely to become victims of phishing attempts than those who understand the process. The FBI estimates that organizations across the United States lose $1.2 billion every year due to email scams. Since phishing is by far the most popular way to get malicious code into an organization’s network, it follows that training employees to recognize phishing attempts is an effective strategy for preventing phishing attacks. But how good of a strategy is it
Phishing attacks follow five key steps. Effective cybersecurity prevents them at each one.
“I’d never fall for that.” “It’ll never happen to me.” “They’re not interested in companies like ours.” Almost every cybercrime victim has said words like these at one time or another. Anyone who believes that they, their company, or their colleagues are too street-smart to be victimized by cyber attacks doesn’t know just how sophisticated these attacks can be. In the early days of the Internet, phishing and other email scams were easy to spot. Bad spelling, extraordinary promises, and obvious requests for sensitive information
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If we draw an analogy between phishing and fishing, some scam artists are industrial-sized trawling operations that scrape the sea clean. Automated software and sophisticated tools make it possible for enterprising cybercriminals to scale their fraudulent emails in ways never imagined. Processes that used to be laborious and time-consuming can now be coded into automatic routines that cast a wider net than the previous generations of cybercriminals were ever able to. The same chatbot technology that allows you to waste scammers’ time as a