Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Week 2 — Phight the Phish
If you think only fools get phished...think again.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month — an event spearheaded by CISA & NCSA — is designed to give everyone the tools and resources they need to stay safe online. This week, we’re here to #PhightThePhish. Phishing is an attack via email where bad actors scam people into offering up sensitive information such as passwords and login credentials.
Do you think you could get phished? We hear you: You probably think only fools get phished. As the “Reply All” podcast so eloquently titled one of their episodes, “What Kind of Idiot Gets Phished?”
Turns out, it can happen to even the smartest among us.
According to prominent research agencies PurpleSec and InfoSecurity Group:
92% of malware is delivered by email.
56% of IT decision makers define targeted phishing attacks as the #1 security threat.
Email scams cost businesses $676 million in 2017 alone.
1 in 10 people who open a malicious email click on the links, including experienced tech pros and CEOs.
Phishing emails spiked 667% in under a month due during Covid-19 in 2020. Fear was the culprit.
While the results of successful phishing can be devastating, preventing scams can be quick and easy. Discover four simple tips to prevent phishing at your company:
Scammers have methods. Make sure you and your employees know how to ID phishing emails — including targeted phishing attempts that may look like they come from within your own walls.
It may seem obvious, but don’t click on that link. Slow down and think before you click.
Disable pop-ups on your browser.
Use a password manager and multi-factor authentication (MFA).
This October we’re highlighting advice from the CodeHunter team on how you can stop cyber criminals before they strike. Don’t get phished — #BeCyberSmart and learn how to stop hackers before they act with CodeHunter.