It’s Phishing Season

Phishing

 

Phishing stories are becoming more and more common as hackers continue to develop new and cheaper ways to spin the same trick over and over again. Although most businesses are aware of the threat phishing can pose, too many still don’t know exactly what phishing is, why it keeps happening, or, most importantly, what to do about it.

What is Phishing?

Phishing is a cyber attack that sends fraudulent emails claiming to be from trustworthy sources to convince the receivers to disclose personal or company information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. A cyber attacker might send an email to the accounting department from an email address that appears to be a trusted customer requesting payment for a recent purchase. Once they have the credit card number, they start racking up charges or sell the information to other dubious entities.

Why Does Phishing Keep Happening?

In short, because it works. While almost every business in America would admit they need to defend against cyber-attacks, few are training their employees well enough to properly defend their company. Phishing is also relatively easy and cheap to do. All the attacker needs to do is set up a phony domain that’s similar to the trusted source, do a little research, and then pick the unsuspecting target.

How to Stop Phishing

Employee education and strong cyber defense policies are the two best ways to not become a victim. Every employee with a company email address needs to understand what phishing is, and how to spot the telltale signs. You also need to establish company-wide per-message authenticity to sound the alarm if a phishing email is received.

How Can MNS Help?

Not only can managed network services (MNS) provide the necessary security training to businesses, but it can also give a set of tools that will reinforce existing cyber security strategy. By coupling remote monitoring and management (RMM) solution with antivirus software, MNS is a truly proactive approach to preventing phishing and similar attacks.