Phishing Attacks on The Rise
The frequency of phishing attacks is getting worse – far worse. An excerpt from the latest research by American cyber security specialists, Webroot, has found the threat posed to business by phishing has increased dramatically this year.
Webroot Mid Year Threat Report
The Webroot research found that Dropbox overtook Google in the first six months of 2018 as the most impersonated organisation used in phishing attacks, accounting for 17% of phishing emails.
Webroot says by targeting Dropbox users, the potential rewards for cyber criminals are far greater because of the extensive array of tax, financial, business and personal business information stored within Dropbox accounts.
Business of any size needs to constantly assess potential cyber risks faced by their computer network, adopt a multi-layered approach to IT security and, ultimately, educate their employees in how to stay safe on the internet.
Phishing is a cyber-attack that uses disguised emails. The aim is to trick recipients into believing that the message is something they want or need — for instance a parcel delivery notice, a banking request, a winning entry in a competition — which comes with a link to open, or to download an attachment.
Research has shown that a phishing campaign of just 10 emails normally results in a 90% chance of at least one email recipient being caught out.
With the continuing rise in phishing, Think Technology Australia has compiled an easy-to-follow guide on how to spot potential harmful emails.
If you would like a copy of the guide, please message us on our website and we’ll send you a PDF of our guide so copies can be displayed prominently in areas of your business as a constant reminder to everyone to be on the alert.
Apart from educating employees, rogue emails can be stopped at your internet gateway before they become a risk.
We have assisted many clients in Australia to introduce protection to email messages based on properties such as senders, recipients, message subjects, and content.
If you’d like to know more, please call us on 1300 920866.