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Cybercriminals send out phishing emails in vast numbers, often using tools or mailing lists that are readily available on the Dark Web.
Phishing involves criminals sending false messages that give the impression of being from reputable sources. Banks and service providers, such as Dropbox and PayPal, are among their favourites. The hacker designs the bogus email to tempt the recipient into clicking a link or providing login details.
Many cybercriminals who send phishing emails are intelligent and resourceful tricksters, always innovating. Nevertheless, most scam emails display one or more of these features:
Often, the sender’s email address is the main giveaway, but someone with the right training could flag this. Find out more about spotting phishing emails in this article.
When someone in your business clicks a phishing link, it downloads malicious tools that can compromise your cybersecurity. This could involve destroying essential company files or holding your data hostage until you pay a ransom.
Malware often lies dormant in your system for an extended period. Some companies remain unaware that their IT has been compromised for up to 400 days after that fatal mouse click.
A phishing email may also deceive the recipient into logging on to a fake website, giving the cybercriminals access to confidential information, such as bank accounts and credit card numbers. Businesses throughout the world lose vast sums of money this way.
Then the problem escalates. Once cybercriminals have acquired passwords, they sell them on. More than 80 per cent of data breaches leverage stolen passwords obtained on the Dark Web — providing a “way in” for attacks.
Proactive monitoring for stolen or compromised passwords is a crucial aspect of our Dark Web Scanning process.
We use phishing simulation to send dangerous emails within a secure, protected environment. We customise these messages and time them to expose your staff to phishing techniques in the most effective way possible. What’s more, by assessing each user’s response to these fake emails, we can pinpoint who needs additional training.
Fabric’s training can be aimed at all levels of your organisation and is continuously updated to keep pace with cybercrime’s latest phishing techniques. Our training sessions are short and engaging, using interactive techniques (such as online quizzes) to keep employees engaged.
Fabric will also provide Security Threat Reports on an ongoing basis, continually assessing the organisation’s security awareness. This includes analysing the phishing training results and finding any compromised credentials that have appeared on the Dark Web.
Because employees are the core of any business, they will be the main target for cybercriminals. Making sure your people stay up-to-date with cybersecurity knowledge, and teaching them to recognize threats, is imperative to the security of your business. The threat landscape is constantly evolving, and so should your approach to defence.
Your employees are your first and primary line of defence against online crime. Equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves - and your business - from criminal elements.
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