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Let’s take a few minutes to break down the very real and harmful effects of a phishing attack against one of your clients’ employee(s).
First a quick review. What is phishing? According to Wikipedia, phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
Did you know that more than 90% of all data breaches globally within the last 10 years were caused in part or started by a successful phishing campaign ?
Human error is unavoidable with sophisticated phishing. It’s important to help your clients educate their employees about the types of emails that may be signs of phishing. Using relatable scenarios with employees is helpful as well as reminding them to treat email the same way they handle physical mail received at a mailstop or in a mailbox. The senders are anonymous and despite what is written in the return address space on the envelope, there is no way to verify the sender. Don’t let the transport method cloud judgement.
There are 3 main types of phishing:
1. Spear: specific and targeted
2. Whaling: target executive leadership in organizations (“big fish” executives)
3. Vishing: voice phishing, calls
All types of phishing use the following to achieve success:
Tim has worked in the technology sector for more than 18 years spending the last 5 years focusing on information security. He manages and maintains processes, policies and technology that ensure our corporate and customer data remain safe while guaranteeing that Autotask keeps up with the constantly growing security demands.
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