Phishing is a huge problem for organizations of all sizes and from all industries. This malicious yet highly effective form of cyber warfare accounts for 90% of all data breaches and has affected more than 75% of all businesses in 2018 alone. The average cost of a single phishing attack comes to a whopping $1.6 million, far more than many SMBs and even large, successful corporations can afford.
Thankfully, it is possible to prevent phishing attacks that could damage your organization beyond the point of repair. Tca SynerTech has more than twenty years of experience preventing cyberattacks, and we offer an array of anti-phishing solutions to keep your company safe both now and in the future.
What is phishing?
The most basic form of phishing is attempting to collect login information. The scammer can do this by simply gaining access to someone’s email account and sending an email to everyone in that person’s contact list. In that email will be a fake file attachment or a link to a phony website, often posing as well-known companies like Amazon, Microsoft, etc., that will ask the recipient to enter their login information. Once someone enters their login information, the criminal will then duplicate the scam with the newly collected email addresses and passwords.
Once the login info has been collected, the scammer can sell that information on the dark web or use it to gain access to your bank account, credit card, or other personal information.
Protect yourself from phishing
Multiple levels of security. It’s very important to understand it is almost impossible to stop all attacks. But it is also essential to make it as hard as possible for criminals to gain access. That’s why tca SynerTech uses many levels of cybersecurity, from what’s coming in to what’s going out; every interaction and piece of data must be secured.
Email security can help stop phishing attempts from arriving in your inbox or being sent out if you find yourself a victim. Web security and antivirus software can help block potentially malicious links, websites, and files before they can do major damage. It’s essential to find a solution that works best for your company because doing nothing could be detrimental.
Use different passwords for each website. Criminals will often assume that most people use the same password for most (if not all) websites. More often than not, they are correct, and individuals have left themselves vulnerable to attack. Criminals try to exploit this vulnerability; so, it’s essential to use a strong password and use it only once.
To save having to remember all those passwords, we use a dedicated password manager that will suggest strong passwords and store them, allowing you to access your passwords in a secure location other than your browser.
Using two-factor authentication is perhaps the most important practice to stop any potential data breach. It is crucial to always use two-factor authentication. That one extra step in confirming your login could mean the difference between a criminal accessing your information or not. Often, two-factor authentication uses your cell phone to either call your number or send a text message. Since you are the only person with access to your phone number, you’ll be able to confirm a valid login attempt or take corrective action if an attempt is not valid. If a criminal gets your password, you will be notified when they try to log in. Without confirmation, they will not be able to access your account. You will then know your password has been compromised and can change it immediately.
Mobile Device Management
A growing number of employees use mobile devices to send, receive, and check work emails. While the ability to work remotely is a boon for many organizations, it’s can also cause security problems if one of your staff members loses a mobile device or accesses your network via an unsecured connection. tca SynerTech offers services that protect your network so employees can work remotely without allowing a phishing attack to gain access to your entire network.
IT Cybersecurity Training
Cybercriminals are continually looking for new ways to breach your IT security. That’s why our technicians continuously stay abreast of IT developments to keep a step ahead of them. What’s more, we can impart our training to your staff members via ongoing cybersecurity training seminars. One of the topics we cover is phishing, and our technicians offer practical, jargon-free counsel to help your employees recognize and deal with phishing emails.
While IT technology can undoubtedly help your organization grow and thrive, it also has its risks that, if not carefully monitored, could cause untold damage. Thankfully, you don’t have to have a large, in-house IT department to keep your organization safe from phishing attacks and other forms of cyberwarfare. tca SynerTech offers scalable, affordable, top-tier IT services to keep your systems secure and fully optimized at all times. Get in touch with us to learn more or to make an appointment with our team of cybersecurity experts.