As COVID-19 led to the rise in remote working, organisations have found themselves more reliant than ever on email to communicate, which has caused a surge in new and more dangerous threats. In their latest State of Email Security report (which you can download here), Mimecast reported a rise of 64% in phishing attacks in 2020 compared to 2019. But what is it? Put simply, Phishing is when attackers attempt to trick users into doing ‘the wrong thing’, such as clicking a bad link that will download malware or direct them to a dodgy website.
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eacs has seen more of our customers come to us looking for support and guidance surrounding attempted attacks on their defences and training for employees. But what more can be done to prevent this rise in phishing attacks?
Phishing attempts have become more and more sophisticated and authentic, making it harder to distinguish from your standard emails and spam. While most organisations deploy various email security systems, fraudulent emails may still find their way into inboxes, leaving remote workers at risk. In-depth training on a regular basis is crucial to educate staff to recognise scams and know what to do with them and who to report it to.
Alongside up-to-date training, management should provide regular communication regarding the importance of email security and the potential dangers of a breach. This has become especially relevant as we expect home working in some form to become a regularity, and so communication channels with your security teams need to available in order to report suspicious emails.
Another layer to your employee training is Breach & Attack technology which can test your security infrastructure’s response to phishing emails. Technology such as Cymulate can create thousands of attack simulations, challenging both your internal and external defences to ensure they are fully up to date and effective. This can be used to see what area of your defence needs remediation and which members of your team clicked on a fra
These are just a few of the step’s organisations can take to stay safe despite the uptick in attacks. More than 6 out of 10 organisations suffered a ransomware attack last year, and these figures are only going to rise with hackers becoming more intelligent and successful. eacs offers a comprehensive suite of security products and services to help keep your organisation safe. We follow the proven industry model of Predict, Prevent, Detect and Respond with a range of solutions to protect against hackers and phishing attacks. Click here for a free trial of Cymulate‘s Breach & Attack simulation platform courtesy of eacs or call us on 0800 8047 256 to speak to a member of our team.