Intellectual Property, Information Technology & Cybersecurity
How to Protect Your Business from Phishing Attacks
I’m willing to bet that you or someone at your company has already been the victim of a phishing attack. With email surpassing in-person and telephone conversations, particularly now that everyone is working remotely, email has become the preferred attack vector for many criminal organizations. So, I feel pretty confident that the odds are in my favor for winning the bet. Let’s take a look at what phishing is, how it’s done, why and what you can do to keep you, your employees, and your company safe.
It’s scary at how easy it is to fall victim to these attacks. There are two common phishing methods. One entails the victim clicking on a link that takes them to a fraudulent website or landing page that looks legitimate. The attacker uses the page to steal username and password, personal identifiable information (PII), credit card numbers, among other information. The second technique commonly used is to include a file attached to the email that installs malware in the victim’s computer when opened. Attackers then use this malware to gain remote access to the victim’s computer. The attackers can then use such access to pivot to other systems in the network or to steal documents and other information from the compromised system.