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Phishing Gets Around Normal Cybersecurity Protection

Phishing Gets Around Normal Cybersecurity Protection

How often do you get emails from individuals claiming to be working with a business who wants to do business with yours or sell you a product, completely unsolicited and even perhaps a bit suspicious? These types of messages can often land small businesses in hot water, as it only takes one phishing email landing in the wrong inbox at the wrong time to put your business in jeopardy.

The biggest problem with phishing emails is one that you might not expect. It’s certainly problematic enough that phishing scams are increasingly more common, and it’s definitely a challenge to ensure that your infrastructure stays secure under such circumstances. However, you’ll find that the major challenge that cybersecurity professionals face in regard to phishing scams is that hackers are just too crafty with how they continuously adjust their tactics.

Phishing attacks can come in several different manners and tactics, each of them focusing on the fact that the weakest points of your security infrastructure have to do with the human elements of your cybersecurity strategy. They might come in the form of an unsolicited email, or they could come from a phone call asking for sensitive information. No matter what, though, they are going to find ways to circumvent your security protections somehow simply because hackers realize that their best chance of getting through to your organization is through your employees.

And this is not even taking into account the scam emails that are so convincing that even the spam filters cannot capture these potentially dangerous messages. If a hacker takes the time to research your organization and make their message seem like an authentic message, there is a chance that it can bypass your spam filters entirely and become a very real threat to your business. These types of messages can be difficult to identify, especially if your users have not had any formal training about phishing messages.

Simply put, you absolutely cannot rely on your spam filter to keep you safe from the countless threats out there. Messages that don’t automatically get caught by the software’s filters could very well still be phishing emails that have been tailor-made to strike your organization with a social engineering attack.

We always recommend that businesses implement not only enterprise-grade spam filtering to keep the majority of threats out of your employees’ inboxes, but also to train your employees to identify potential threats. This is a type of preventative approach that all businesses should implement, and it’s one that is often overlooked. It’s easy to think that technology can solve all of your problems, and while it’s pretty likely to make improvements to your security infrastructure, it’s only as effective as the people who work for you.

It might be impossible to guarantee that your employees never see a phishing message, but you can optimize the chances that they will act appropriately if you provide them with the correct training and IT resources. Preferred can help fulfill both for your business. We can equip your business with enterprise-grade solutions to keep threats off your network while also providing the training needed to inform your team’s security practices.

To learn more, reach out to us at 708-781-7110.

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