There are numerous ways a cybercriminal may infiltrate a company. One of the top ways to breach data is through phishing. What is phishing? Essentially, it’s when a malicious attachment or link to a spoof site is sent in an email. These emails have become quite sophisticated in their design to fool the employee into downloading malicious software or handing over sensitive information, such as log-in details. The criminal then uses the access gained to deliver a malware infection or otherwise infiltrate the system. Such attacks have become successful of late in part due to the changes in working situations and lack of operational preparedness during the transition.
The good news is that there are several ways to prevent employees from becoming a victim of a phishing – or social engineering – attack. First, companies are advised to schedule ongoing training on detecting and avoiding these scams for all types of workers. There should also be regular reminders for employees who use personal devices or software when accessing the corporate networks to routinely update their cybersecurity measures. Lastly, new hires should be made aware of previous attempts and what to do if they encounter suspicious material.
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