One of the biggest security challenges that businesses face today is phishing attacks. It is becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to keep their information secure as hackers continue to deploy sophisticated ways to trick users into divulging sensitive information like passwords or credit card information.
Below are 3 common mistakes that organizations make that leave them vulnerable to phishing attacks.
If the proper tools are not in place and employees have not received cybersecurity training, your organization is at risk.
Having your employees able to identify possible phishing attempts is a critical defense strategy for your organization’s security. A phisher’s success is largely based on their ability to trick and deceive an employee within your organization as they prey on the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain which is human error.
Make sure that your employees can identify some of the most common tactics used by phishers such as embedded links within emails that redirect to unsecure websites or attempting to obtain sensitive company data via phone or email by impersonating another employee or vendor.
Another way that businesses can fall victim to phishing attacks is from careless internet browsing. Enabling a corporate policy that restricts certain sites from being accessed can lower your chances have security being compromised. Again, employee training is essential, and staff should learn to be wary of emails from people they do not recognize that contain attachments. Paying attention to browsers is important as URLs can often be signs of a phishing site. As an example, sites that don’t employ HTTPS can be a red flag or sites that begin with an IP address.
Security should always be a multi-layer approach and using two-factor authentication can help thwart hackers from successfully using compromised credentials.
Keeping end-user devices and educating the users is vital for protection against phishing attacks. Recently, a new threat has been gaining popularity where hackers attack mobile devices to access the address books and corporate directories which can include name, email, phone, and other personal employee information. Mobile security software should be installed on all devices being used to access corporate networks to help prevent privacy leaking.
As remote working has become the new normal, more companies are using BYOD programs. At MBC, we can provide complete endpoint protection for workstations, laptops, and mobile devices that are used to connect to your business network. To learn more about how we can help protect your organization from phishing attacks, get a free assessment today.
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