Have You Noticed an Increase in Phishing Attacks?

Have You Noticed an Increase in Phishing Attacks?


  • 13 May 2020
  • Written by David

There's been a 350% increase in phishing attacks amid the Covid-19 pandemic. SMEs and corporate businesses can take steps to mitigate these attacks. See this video for how phishing simulation and training helps to arm yourself against them.

Phishing is one of the few IT threats that have more social solutions than technical fixes. The onset of the Covid-19 crisis has dramatically increased staff working from home and opportunities for hackers to take advantage of an unusual work environment. Our MD, David, explains a recent example of this, provides tips and advises how you might drive further staff awareness in your organisation. 

 

How can you and your colleagues avoid getting caught by those baited hooks?  Here are a few tips:

  1. Be aware of your online presence. Give the phishers less ammunition. Do your kids’ names need to be on your publicly accessible Facebook profile? Limit the information that you dole out.
  2. Authenticate important changes like bank detail updates. Pick up the phone or see the sender in person to verify the communication is legitimate. It’s your responsibility to ensure your processes are credible.
  3. Don’t put too much trust in tools. Phishing emails can be very targeted, and therefore won’t necessarily be filtered out by your standard email spam manager.  There are extensions which blacklist the addresses from which the phishing emails are sent, but phishers are a moving target.  Once blacklisted, they can just open a new email.

 

Train, Phish and Analyse.

Help your staff to understand phishing, what it looks like, and the consequences.  Use examples to point out the red flags.

Test your staff’s understanding.  Send out fake phishing emails that get progressively harder, and track what worked and what didn’t get through their new-found knowledge.

Following 4 quarterly cycles, you should hopefully see a decline in click-rate over time. That is, fewer attachments opened, fewer URLs clicked with an increase in reporting.

 

Go to http://unbouncepages.com/phishing-simulation/ to get in touch for help and advice with business phishing simulation and training.

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