The fact is that what you (and your staff) don’t know could hurt you. If your staff isn’t up to date on the latest cybercrime scams, then they’re putting your data at risk, simple as that.
The key to truly comprehensive cybersecurity is simple, yet often overlooked: the user. The best cybersecurity technology and practices in the world can be undone by one staff member who doesn’t understand how to use them, or how to protect the data they work with.
3 Cybercrime Scams That Target Unaware Users
Phishing: Phishing is a method in which cybercriminals send fraudulent emails that appear to be from reputable sources in order to get recipients to reveal sensitive information and execute significant financial transfers. Phishing attacks are mass emails that request confidential information or credentials under pretenses, link to malicious websites, or include malware as an attachment. With only a surprisingly small amount of information, cybercriminals can convincingly pose as business members and superiors in order to persuade employees to give them money, data, or crucial information. The average phishing attack costs businesses $1.6 million. The problem with the rising tide of cybercrime incidents is that you get desensitized to the whole thing. The fact is that businesses aren’t learning to protect themselves, which is why the number of reported phishing attacks has gone up by 65% in the past few years.
Ransomware: In a ransomware attack, an unsuspecting user clicks on a seemingly safe link, or emailed attachment that appears to be a bill or other official document. Instead, the attachment installs a malicious software program (malware) onto the computer system that encrypts the data and holds it at ransom. The user is then stuck without access to their data, and faced with paying the attacker a huge sum. According to Coveware’s Q4 Ransomware Marketplace report:
The average ransomware payout is $84,116
The highest ransom paid by a target organization was $780,000
The average ransomware attack results in 16.2 days of downtime
Malicious Websites: Hackers can create fake websites that are set up to look like a real site, but the spelling of the URL or site name contains an error that is easily made by users. For example, an attacker may set up a site with the name “www.gooogle.com” instead of www.google.com. Users who are not careful may type in an extra ‘o’ in the name and will land on the fake site. From here, the site will record all of the information that you enter into any text or password boxes, which the cybercriminal will then use against you.
What’s The Most Effective Way To Protect Against Cybercrime Scams?
Cybersecurity Awareness Training is by far the most effective way to defend your organization from phishing, ransomware, and other scams. This method recognizes how important the user is in your cybersecurity efforts.
A comprehensive cybersecurity training curriculum will train users to ask important questions about each and every email they receive:
Do I know the sender of this email?
Does it make sense that it was sent to me?
Can I verify that the attached link or PDF is safe?
Does the email threaten to close my accounts or cancel my cards if I don’t provide information?
Is this email really from someone I trust or does it just look like someone I trust? What can I do to verify?
Does anything seem “off” about this email, its contents, or the sender?
The right training services will offer exercises, interactive programs, and even simulated phishing attacks to test your staff on a number of key areas:
How to identify and address suspicious emails, phishing attempts, social engineering tactics, and more.
How to use business technology without exposing data and other assets to external threats by accident.
How to respond when you suspect that an attack is occurring or has occurred.
Don’t forget — cybersecurity training is a part of compliance as well. Organizations that are subject to HIPAA compliance standards will only further benefit by having their staff trained in cybersecurity best practices.
What’s The Only Way To Ensure Your Cybersecurity?
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Continuous Security Training
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Delivered via Partner Branded Email to Employees
1-2 Minute Bite-Sized Training Modules
Ongoing Training Keeps Security Top of Mind
Rich Multi-media Makes Topics Interesting
Monthly Employee Security Newsletter
Unique, Non-Technical, Magazine-style Newsletters
Reinforces Security Training
Delivered via Partner Branded Email to Employees
Simulated Phishing Attack Platform
Fake Phishing Emails Test Employee Awareness
Ability to Track and Report Employee Actions
Partner Selects Campaign Configuration Options
Successful Attacks Show Partner Branded Landing Page
Annual Security Risk Assessment
Risk Assessment Report
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Security Policies and Procedures
Electronic Acknowledgment of Policies
Administrator Report of Policy Acknowledgment
By having our expert team of IT security professionals equip you with robust cybersecurity solutions from Breach Secure Now, train your staff to spot and eliminate threats, as well as keep everything up to date, you can ensure all your cybersecurity bases are covered.
We Will Train Your Team To Be Cybersecurity Experts
The good news is that you don’t have to handle cybersecurity training for your team by yourself — NOVA Computer Solutions is here to help. With our help, your staff will contribute to your cybersecurity, not compromise it.