Why phishing emails are bad for business

Have you heard about the UC San Diego Health data breach?

 

It started with a phishing attack back in December, and now the personal info of patients, students, and employees could be in the hands of cybercriminals. The victims could face identity theft at any time.

 


A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF AN EMPLOYEE DOING THE EVIL BIDDING OF THE BAD GUY.

  • Employee(s) took action as directed in the phishing email.
  • Those actions gave the hackers access to employee email accounts.
  • The hackers could access everything in the employee email accounts.

 

WHY IT’S BAD FOR BUSINESS

  • The hackers can access any password reset links that arrive via email.
  • The hackers can access any multi factor authentication codes that arrive via email.
  • The hackers can send emails directly from your email account and message your contacts requesting information or even changing payment instructions.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Sometimes malicious emails get delivered to the inbox.
  • You need to carefully review emails before clicking on links and opening attachments.
  • The best way to catch a phishing email is to practice catching phishing emails.

 

HOW DO YOU PRACTICE CATCHING PHISHING EMAILS?

Send your employee simulated phishing emails. This gives them the opportunity to spot phishy behaviors and review links, attachments, and emails addresses. This allows them to learn in a safe and controlled environment. Don’t make them wait for the real thing to see how much they know.

 

Did you know I can help you send simulated phishing emails to your employees? I can manage your program for you or I can provide consulting to help you determine knowledge gaps, plan your program, and set goals.

 

Book a complimentary discovery session today to learn more.

 

 Finally, looping back to the state of the data breach. UC San Diego Health says the breached data hasn’t been used yet… However, it should be noted that hackers often wait months or even years to use the stolen data. If you were a victim of this breach, you'll want to monitor your credit reports for at least two years. Honestly, in this day in age you should always been monitoring this.

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