Oct 12 9:52 AM
Cyber attackers have been taking advantage of the vast amount of information and changing guidelines around Covid-19 to target small businesses. By using phishing emails they have been effective in exploiting apprehension during this uncertain time. Our partner, cybersecurity firm KnowBe4 revealed that phishing email attacks related to Covid-19 increased by 600% in the first quarter of 2020.
A phishing email is a type of online fraudulent activity with the goal to steal sensitive information from the recipient such as user names, passwords or credit card information. They seek to gain trust through carefully crafted wording and design, misleading users into thinking these emails are legitimate.
Datto Security confirmed that 20% of cyber security attacks against small/medium businesses are successful in gaining and exploiting sensitive information. Attackers target small business as they predict they have inferior cybersecurity measures and that employees do not have same level security awareness training as larger corporations.
Phishing emails have been reported that contain ‘new’ restrictions which require action from you to be compliant with new government regulations.
Emails that look like they are from your workplace with a link to read and agree to new policies can deceive employees into following a malicious link.
With numerous businesses struggling during these times, attackers have been exploiting this vulnerability by tempting targets with what looks like a legitimate message about financial relief.
With the increased use of track and trace processes, attackers will use this as an opportunity to fabricate a phishing email informing you that you’ve been in touch with someone who has tested positive.
Phishing emails often try to create a sense of urgency or demand immediate action to exploit your concerns, especially over Covid-19. Before you know it you have opened the link and opened yourself up to an attack.
Check with the company asking for the information by getting their contact details from somewhere other than the email you received. Do not respond to the email with your personal data.
You can check a link by hovering your mouse button over the URL to see where it leads.
If an email includes spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors, this could be a sign of a phishing email.
Phishing emails are unlikely to use your name so generic greetings could be a sign of malicious email.
Our security awareness training equips you on how to spot phishing emails and other potential threats. We also conduct monthly phishing experiments to put your employees to the test.
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