Almost all cyberattacks are made possible through human error, and that's why it's extremely important to educate not only yourself, but also your employees on current security practices and information.
Cybercriminals are skilled hackers who can easily find your organization's vulnerabilities and exploit them. Any area or individual can be the main target for a cyberattack, so it's crucial for your team to always be on the same page.
Although it is often low to mid-tier employees that are often targeted for phishing attacks, many cybercriminals are using these employees to get to the senior management levels in any sized business or company.
So although many employees may receive the brunt of the many phishing emails, cybercriminals are typically trying to go after the big 'phish' through them. We can understand this as 'whaling.' If a cybercriminal is able to obtain information from a junior staff position, they could potentially use that as a false front to access corporate information from senior staff.
Nowadays, many company websites showcase their employees or senior management in their 'about us' section and typically share information such as their email, phone number, position in the company, and past experience. This makes it super easy for cybercriminals to gain an entry point of attack.
One of our current clients experienced an attack like this when a cybercriminal found a senior management role's email, made a similar looking one, and then contacted other employees within the organization asking for private company data. These days, it's that easy for a cybercriminal to gain access into an organization's sensitive data and other systems. Luckily this organization came to us for help and we were able to retrieve the sensitive data, layer on high-level security, and educate their employees around current security practices, so this incident wouldn't happen again.
As you can see, we don't only provide next-level protection against cybercrime, but we also educate and train organizations and individuals on safety practices that could prevent a major breach.
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