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What's the big deal about phishing?

Updated: Jan 8, 2021

Phishing scams are a form of cybercrime that involves defrauding users to obtain sensitive information. Cybercriminals act as legitimate companies or organizations to obtain their information or deliver malware to an end-user’s system or network. No one is immune to phishing attacks. An email will always slip through the cracks. That is why it is critical that end-users and train and train well to determine what is a legitimate email and what is potentially dangerous. Also what is the protocol for the handling of dangerous emails? Is it sending the email to all of your coworkers or emailing it to your IT staff? Typically either of the above options is the most common. The proper response would be to login into the website directly from the internet to check for alerts. If you know the sender call them and ask if they sent the email especially if it is an unsolicited or unexcepted requested email. Also, always use our contact info or off the website and always error on the side of caution.

End-user security awareness training is critical for network security. All employees from the CEO to receptionist need to be trained with a clean and consistent message followed up with testing the skills they have learned. Dark web monitoring is also important to alert your company of emails and passwords the may be for sale on the web. These are external threats that occur by no fault of your own. They are third party sites like vendors, social media, and other sites you may do business with that have had a breach. This breach has lead to your information and password to sold on the dark web. It is important to take action as soon as possible to help eliminate unauthorized logins with your company’s credentials. Learn how Superior Data Solutions can help your company prepare for phishing attacks.

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