Phishing emails, quite simply, are a one-way ticket to gain access to your organisation, whether it be via your drives, network or information assets. The simple way to solve this? Do not click on the link!
Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Cybercriminals are clever and they are targeting individuals with email content that is guaranteed to get their attention. Once an employee becomes curious about the catchy title or the mysterious link – they have been hooked. Phishing emails are also designed to appear as ordinary, everyday emails such as an invoice from a colleague, a scanned contract or even an email from your email hosting company.
For those of us who have been exposed to or indeed duped by phishing emails before, we know what warning signs to look out for and know not to click on links. Despite this, it is extremely difficult to predict how your employees would react to such an email. Employees are, more often than not, the weakest link in the organisation and it is important that you understand how they would react. They need knowledge on how to defend against phishing attacks.
The more and more exposed your staff become to phishing emails, the more they are likely to detect the warning signs and realise that it is not a genuine communication. Furthermore, for those who fail to spot the phish,should be offered the opportunity to be trained to spot these attacks in future.
By engaging with your staff this way, you will be able to measure your current level of exposure to a phishing attack. If a large number of employees are clicking the links – you know you are highly exposed. Combine a phishing attack with social engineering and it will be a company’s worst nightmare.
It is vital that your staff know what to look out for in a phishing email.
All it takes is for one individual to click the link, download the attachment or pay that huge sum of money and it means that the cybercriminal has won. You have given them access to what they need, the information that they want, downloaded any malware or ransomware and given them a hefty reward!
Invest in educating your staff about phishing so they know what to look out for and what to do if they suspect they have fallen victim to an attack.
If you would like to discuss Phishing your Staff or indeed Educating your workforce to the perils of Cybercrime, contact us today on 042-9335355