Did you know that phishing is the third most common scam reported to the FBI regardless of company size, industry, or location? Phishing is particularly detrimental because it typically occurs through email and targets a business’ weakest link: its employees. This is because phishing scams are often difficult to identify. In fact, 97% of people cannot identify a phishing scam. Phishers have become more sophisticated, which is why it’s so important to have a multi-layered security strategy in place to protect your business and your employees.
What is Phishing?
Phishing is a type of social engineering attack that occurs through an email or a malicious website. Phishers will try to solicit personal information by posing as a trustworthy organization, such as a financial business, or even someone within your company. This type of attack is unique because it uses psychological manipulation to compromise your business. An attacker may seem respectful and well-intentioned by posing as a new employee, a reporter, or even a friend. Through these false identities, attackers can infiltrate an organization and compromise valuable information.
Phishing has serious consequences, and every organization is at risk. When phishers gain access to important data such as user passwords, financial reports, or personal information, business assets will be compromised. Finances will be lost, customer trust will diminish, and regulatory compliance issues may arise. The effects are endless, which is why it’s so important to have strategies in place to stay protected.
Tips & Tricks.
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There are many security strategies your business can implement to stay ahead of phishers. Here are a few key tips we recommend:
- Be cautious of unknown email senders and suspicious links. These are the top two ways phishers will try to compromise your data. If you’re not sure who an email is from, do not click on any links or attachments in the email. Phishing emails can include bad grammar, spelling mistakes, unfamiliar greetings, and/or inconsistencies in email addresses. If you spot any of these warning signs, alert your company.
- Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA involves more than just a username and password to login to an account — you will be prompted for a second factor to prove who you are. The second factor may be another password, a PIN, or even a fingerprint. This enables your accounts to stay extra secure.
- Keep your devices, applications, and browsers updated. This is a simple step that will keep you and your employees more secure online. Technology companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google release frequent updates with security patches that keep devices, applications, and browsers secure. You can even turn on automatic updates to make this step even easier, or you can work with Managed Service Provider to ensure you are up to date on all of the latest patches
- Improve your passwords. Using a longer passphrase and customizing it for each account can prevent cyber criminals from gaining access to your personal information. You could even consider using a password manager such as Keeper or NordPass to help.
- Implement ongoing cybersecurity training. Educate your team with the skills they need to stop phishing attacks before they occur. Training should be unique to your organization’s risks and should occur on a regular basis in order to stay current with cybersecurity threats.
Connect With LincolnIT.
Are you interested in working with a trusted IT service provider that can help your business implement these phishing prevention strategies? Consider LincolnIT for your security needs. We offer comprehensive security solutions to protect and defend your assets. With constant 365/24/7 protection, you can rest assured that we will take your security seriously.
In addition to the tech tips listed above, LincolnIT also offers:
- Secure remote work policies
- Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
- Managed firewall systems
- Robust antivirus solutions
- Data backups and encryption
- And more!
Contact us to get started on elevating your security solution today. We look forward to helping your organization level up its protection measures.