According to KnowBe4, a leader in cybersecurity awareness training, 90% of data breaches are initiated by phishing attacks and over 30% of phishing emails are opened by their recipient. Human error, more than any other factor, is the leading cause of data breaches. Great harm can be done to your business when considering the expense, exposure, and lost productivity resulting from a breach.
Threats come in a variety of forms. Phishing emails contain malicious links and/or attachments that can infect systems with malware, ransomware and adware. Spoof emails appear to come from a trusted source and use a sense of urgency to bait recipients into disclosing sensitive company or personal information.
KnowBe4 offers the following suggestions to avoid falling victim to a phishing attack:
Note the indicators of a phishing email in the image below:
The signs of a phishing email are harder to see in this example, but they are present:
Phishing email that appears to come from the company’s IT department but is from an unrecognized domain. Clicking on the cleverly devised option to “Keep Same Password” would likely result in downloading malware.
Spoof email in which the sender appears to be legitimate, but the generic Gmail address and the poor grammar reveal this is a phishing attempt.
Spoof email with a legitimate user’s name, but from an unrecognized domain (@st0rrk.com). The hacker is attempting to have payroll directed to their bank account.
This is a fake alert from a web browser that uses a sense of urgency to bait users into providing their credentials (username/password) to a hacker.
Employees are your first line of defense to avoid a cyber attack, but many times employees don't realize the role they play in avoiding ransomware attacks. It's important for them to know their responsibility and how they help keep the company safe. If you want to learn more about building the safe culture, join us on March 31st at 11 am EST to hear from leaders in protecting against cyber attacks. Here is a link to register.
Written By: Matt Benson