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Phishing attacks are growing more sophisticated, and spam filters aren't effective against every kind of attack. Old-style spammers sent the same message to multiple people, hoping some of them would take the bait. The newer, more dangerous approach targets individuals. It's called spearphishing, whaling, or high-stakes phishing.
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Email scams are almost as old as the internet itself, but the days of easily identifiable email scams are long gone. Today, cyber criminals are doing everything they can to trick unsuspecting recipients into clicking on a dangerous link or sharing sensitive information. Instead of a “Nigerian prince” asking for your bank info so they can transfer a million dollars to your account, scammers are posing as C-level executives and trusted vendors. Now, it’s more important than ever to know what to look for in a scam email and how to keep yourself safe from cyber criminals.
74% of organizations have suffered phishing attacks. – TechRepublic "Go fish" just got a whole new meaning. Phishing scams are getting harder to detect. Pronounced "fishing," phishing is a way for hackers to get you to turn over passwords, sensitive company data, and bank account information. Usually, it comes in an email, but it can also be web-linked.
Cyber security sounds like something that falls under the responsibility of the IT department. The IT department may handle many of the responsibilities that go along with protecting the company from cyber threats, but that doesn't make security the sole responsibility of the IT department. Ensuring that your business doesn't fall prey to a cyber attack is everyone's responsibility. With 43% of cyber attacks targeting small businesses, it's more important than ever that everyone on your team participate in your cyber security measures.
People don't really know how their cyber security skills are going to measure up until they've tried them.
As if we didn’t have enough to deal with during a pandemic, cyber criminals have increased their attempts to take over accounts, invade networks, kidnap data, and generally wreak havoc throughout 2020 and 2021.
Have you ever had a friend who was so passionate about a topic that they became known in your circle for being an expert? Not only are they happy to share their knowledge, but they’re more than a little excited when it comes to analyzing your behavior as it relates to that topic, and convincing you that a change may be in your best interest.
Hackers are getting more sophisticated. The minimum security protections that businesses need to defend against cyber criminals has changed. As cyber criminals have advanced the technology they use to sneak in (or bust through) network doors, the list of must-have cyber security "basics" has expanded.
Cyber criminals have access to sophisticated technologies these days, yet some of the most successful tried-and-true social engineering tactics continue to bypass technical security layers -- targeting the humans behind the technology.