Cyber-criminals are constantly evolving and finding new ways to exploit businesses and gain access to valuable data. With the rise of remote working and increased reliance on technology, it’s crucial to stay informed about the inventive tactics they employ. To help protect your business, we’ve updated our knowledge and outlined some of the tactics cyber-criminals are now using, so you can stay one step ahead.
Phishing Emails & Texts
Cyber-criminals are adept at creating deceptive emails and texts that appear to come from reputable companies, complete with logos and brand colours. They often request you to validate your account by clicking on a link and entering your details. Be cautious and verify with your IT team or consultant if you’re unsure.
A more targeted approach, spear phishing emails are designed to look highly convincing and are tailored specifically to an organisation or department. They may contain company-specific details or seem more relevant to your industry. Always report suspicious emails to your IT team to ensure their legitimacy.
Impersonation occurs when cyber-criminals masquerade as colleagues through emails, texts, or phone calls. They might pose as directors, senior managers, or external suppliers you frequently interact with. Such requests often demand urgent action, like initiating a bank transfer or accessing sensitive information. To avoid falling victim, validate requests face to face or with a phone call to confirm their authenticity.
Social engineering extends beyond online attacks and involves attempts to manipulate individuals within your organization in real-life scenarios. For instance, someone might pose as a visitor requesting access to the server room or impersonate the IT department and ask for login credentials over the phone. Stay vigilant and be cautious about granting access or sharing sensitive information.
Remember, it’s essential to think before you act. Treat any unusual emails or requests with skepticism. Double-check with someone you trust to verify their legitimacy. If in doubt, consult your IT team or IT consultant. Stay proactive and prioritise the security of your business. Better to be safe than sorry.
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