What are you but the sum of your critical data and personal information? Okay, we’re exaggerating a bit here, but the point is that protecting yourself from phishing attacks ensures the well-being of your business operations and of your people. Unfortunately, you’re up against some persistent attackers; the Anti-Phishing Working Group found that over 87,000 unique phishing campaigns are launched every month. What’s the damage? The FBI estimates that business email compromise (BEC) scams alone have caused $5.3 billion in losses to businesses worldwide over three years. That’s a lot of zeroes.
That doesn't mean anti-phishing programs are futile: Susceptibility to phishing is a solvable problem, and it starts with your employees. By building a phishing awareness training program and equipping your users to detect Indicators of Phishing (more on those later) from the start, you reduce their likeliness to divulge critical information.
Phishing attacks can take many forms, but they tend to employ similar tactics to capture your critical data. Think of the presence of these tactics as clues that there may be malicious intent behind an email.
Common Indicators of Phishing (IOPs):
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So you’ve been phished. (You’re far from alone.) Part of a comprehensive security plan (that includes anti-phishing) is your strategy for response—an incident response plan.
When dealing with a phishing incident, there are five major items to check off your list:
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