Employees can be one of the most significant vulnerabilities to the cybersecurity of your organisation. They don’t mean to be, but without the right knowledge, understanding and training, your employees can accidentally click an email and cause serious harm to your business technology.
There are many different forms of phishing, from email, vishing, whaling, angler and spear phishing, hackers will try a whole load of tricks to try and fool employees into giving away information or giving them access to your network. Cyber Protection Magazine states, “phishing has become such an effective attack vector, that at least one person clicked on a phishing link in around 86% of organisations last year, with experts predicting that another six billion attacks will occur in 2022.”
Hackers are smart and can pull information from even those of us who think we can spot phishing spam a mile away. It’s all about social engineering the right way to the right people, that’s how hackers get in.
Sophisticated phishing emails look legitimate and from a recognised source, whether they are mimicking the CEO of the company or a third-party supplier you work with, hackers do their research on who it’s going to, what it looks like and what to ask for. Then, if a team member clicks a link within the email, they unknowingly communicate with a hacker.
Without knowing what to look for, you and your employees can’t tell the difference between legitimate business correspondence and harmful emails from hackers.
Many companies apply ongoing training and prevention best practices to keep employees on the lookout and boost cybersecurity efforts.
Training your staff can include:
You can’t afford to assume that every employee understands the dangers and tactics of a phishing attack. Investing the time and money into training employees will help them recognise, avoid, and report phishing attacks therefore your business gaining peace of mind knowing that your business and your client data is in safe hands.